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Holiday Shopping Got You Thirsty?

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Holiday Shopping Got You Thirsty? Tap Into TapIt Hampton Roads!
Reusable Water Bottle Refill Network Promotes Tap Water on the Go

(Hampton Roads, Va., Nov. 15, 2012) – This holiday season, don’t take the “shop ‘till you drop” concept to heart. Tuck a reusable water bottle in your tote to stay hydrated. When you’re ready for a refill, simply tap into TapIt, a region-wide water bottle refilling network sponsored by

More than 100 Hampton Roads cafés and restaurants are participating in this new program that provides free access to drinking water on the go. To zero in on a nearby TapIt location, go to The search and mapping features, which are optimized for use on mobile devices, make it easy to find the closest partner location.

“Reaching for the tap is the clear choice when it comes to drinking water, and the TapIt program is a convenient way to refill your reusable water bottle with clean water on the go,” said Julia B. Hillegass, public information and community affairs administrator for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, which oversees “Simply locate a TapIt partner, stop in to refill your water bottle and you’re off; no questions asked.”

Restaurant owners or managers who wish to partner with TapIt can do so by visiting and completing a short form. There is no cost to join the TapIt network; businesses only need a faucet or soda machine that dispenses water. As a partner, businesses are added to the TapIt website and mobile mapping applications so users can easily locate them. leaders are excited about the program and encourage the public to fill up—and drink up.

“You can fill a reusable drinking bottle more than 1,000 times for the dollar you spend on one bottle of water from the store,” added Hillegass. ”Utilizing the TapIt program will save you money, while keeping plastic bottles out of our landfills.”

For more information on TapIt, smart water use and all things green in Hampton Roads, visit


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