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TapIt Hampton Roads Launch

« Back to Press Room to Launch TapIt Hampton Roads
During Drinking Water Week, May 6-12

Reusable Water Bottle Refill Network Promotes Tap Water on the Go!

(Hampton Roads, Va., May 4, 2012) – Reach for the tap and raise your water bottles, Hampton Roads! In celebration of Drinking Water Week, May 6-12, will open the spigot on TapIt Hampton Roads, a region-wide water bottle refilling network of participating cafés and restaurants that provide free access to drinking water on the go. For the launch of TapIt, will host “Take Back the Tap” events to distribute free, reusable water bottles and information about tap water’s benefits on the following days/locations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m:

• Sunday, May 6 – Kohl’s at Landstown Shopping Center, Virginia Beach
• Monday, May 7 – Greenbrier Parkway Buffalo Wild Wings, Chesapeake
Tuesday, May 8 – Harbour View Kohl’s, Suffolk
Wednesday, May 9 – MacArthur Light Rail Stop, Norfolk
Thursday, May 10 – City Center at Oyster Point, Newport News
Friday, May 11 - James City/ Williamsburg Community Center, Williamsburg
Saturday, May 12 – Peninsula Town Center, Hampton (Held in conjunction with a plastic bag exchange at Peninsula Town Center. Bring in five or more used plastic bags to recycle and receive a free, reusable shopping bag)

Just look for the trailer at the above sites!

To tap into the new Hampton Roads TapIt network, visit The search and mapping features make it easy to find the closest partner location for users to refill their water bottles. In addition, iPhone users can download a free TapIt Water application from the App Store.

“Reaching for the tap is the clear choice when it comes to drinking water, and the TapIt program is a convenient way for residents and visitors to refill their reusable water bottles 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

As part of this week-long celebration of the value and vital role that water plays in our lives, will be raising funds to support the Help to Others (H20) program, which provides financial assistance to Hampton Roads water and wastewater utility customers in need. For more information, visit

For more than 35 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our life.



With a focus on simple steps residents can take to find their “inner green,” is a region-wide public awareness campaign of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the 16 cities and counties it serves. The campaign is centered around, a go-to resource for everything green in Hampton Roads. Site features include pages with easy-to-use green practices to implement in your home, yard, business, community and classroom, an interactive calendar highlighting regional events and the “Let’s Talk Green” blog, written by a team of local experts who work in the region’s municipal utility and environmental divisions.