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World Water Week

World Water Week organized by the Tap Project will kick off this Sunday in major cities around the US, raising awareness and funds for the many important water and sanitation projects implemented by UNICEF.  

Photo by Julien Harneis
Photo by Julien Harneis


There are a number of ways to participate in this year’s Tap Project events in NYC. You can eat at a participating restaurant and chose to donate a dollar to the campaign, in exchange for the clean and safe tap water you would normally receive for free. This dollar will provide a child with the same luxury for 40 days.

Or, you can head down to Battery Park on Sunday for the Walk for Clean Water. Where, after registering at 9:00AM, you can help raise awareness and funds by walking a mile while carrying a jug of water.

The Tap Project began in NYC in 2007 and has since spread nationally. UNICEF estimates that approximately 125 million children under the age of 5 live in a household without access to clean water and that 2.5billion people live in areas without adequate sanitation. 

Plan to participate in these events? Know of other ways to help? Leave a comment to let us know.

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Dan Stellar
14 years ago

What a great idea, and let’s hope a record amount of money is raised this year. While it’s easy to get lost in academic debates surrounding solutions to water problems, this reminds me of how lucky I am to live in a region where “clean and safe tap water” is available for free from virtually any tap I can find.

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