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Take Back The Tap This Drinking Water Week

Posted on April 30, 2012 by | Comments (7)

tap vs. bottled waterFor more than 35 years, the American Water Works Association has 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 lives. This year, Drinking Water Week is May 6th through 12th and we’re celebrating by inviting Hampton Roads citizens to Take Back the Tap! We have access to safe, clean, tap water whenever we need it, so let’s celebrate by choosing tap over expensive bottled water alternatives.

All week long, the askHRgreen trailer will be staging Take Back the Tap events at various locations across Hampton Roads. We’ll be giving away FREE reusable water bottles and encouraging all residents to be good stewards of the environment by decreasing reliance on bottled alternatives. Join us at one of these locations near you from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM:

  • Sunday, May 6th – Landstown Shopping Center in Virginia Beach
  • Monday, May 7th – Greenbrier Parkway Buffalo Wild Wings in Chesapeake
  • Tuesday, May 8th – Harbour View Kohl’s in Suffolk
  • Wednesday, May 9th – MacArthur Light Rail Stop in Norfolk
  • Thursday, May 10th – City Center at Oyster Point in Newport News
  • Friday, May 11th – James City/Williamsburg Community Center in Williamsburg
  • Saturday, May 12th – Peninsula Town Center in Hampton – There will also be a plastic bag exchange at this location so bring your old plastic bags for recycling and trade them in for a reusable bag from askHRgreen.org!

TapIt Hampton Roads iPhone Application

TapIt Hampton Roads!

askHRgreen.org is also excited to launch TapIt Hampton Roads during Drinking Water Week 2012. TapIt is a water bottle refilling network that allows you to fill your reusable bottle on the go. Simply take your reusable bottle into any of our partner cafes and fill it up with clean tap water for FREE! TapIt’s GPS locator shows you the closest places to fill your bottle based on your current location. Download the FREE iphone app here.

Isn’t it time we take back the tap to protect our wallets, our heath and our community? Help prevent pollution and decrease waste by choosing tap over bottled water and show your appreciation for the value and vital role of drinking water by supporting public infrastructure so we can continue to enjoy clean, safe, affordable tap water for generations to come!

Posted in: Clean and safe tap water, Community events, Using water wisely

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7 Responses to Take Back The Tap This Drinking Water Week

  1. avatar Quench Kali says:

    Hi Katie, great article! The events planned for the community sound like they’ll be a lot of fun.

    I’m a bit of a drinking water enthusiast myself!

  2. avatar Lyn says:

    I really wanted the TapIt water bottles that you were giving out. I was at the MacArthur LightRail, but didn’t see you. Can you send me the water bottles or can I pick them up at your office?

    • avatar Katie Cullipher says:

      Hi Lyn,
      So sorry about the confusion. Because of the rain and threat of severe weather, the decision was made this morning to move the event to the Norfolk Utilities Customer Service Center on Granby Street. We posted updates on our facebook page, but should have updated it on the blog as well to avoid confusion. We do have a few left so if you want to pick one up at our office in Chesapeake or at the Norfolk Utilities Customer Service Center, we can certainly arrange that. Please call us at 420-8300 to arrange a pickup – Katie.

  3. avatar Linda says:

    Why I don’t drink my tap water? It tastes horrible. It corrodes my faucets and stains my bath fixtures. Makes me wonder what it will do to my body! It is NOT well water and I pay the county for the nasty stuff. I tried a water filtration system but the company was irresponsile and undependable. I will continue buying bottled water, not because I want to, but because I must.

    • avatar Katie Cullipher says:

      Dear Linda,
      While I don’t know what city or county in which you reside, I do know that all tap water in Hampton Roads is constantly tested, strictly regulated, and information on water quality is always available from your city or county’s water utility department. If you have concerns about the health or safety of the water that comes from your faucets and fixtures, it is a good idea to contact your water utility department directly as they will come to collect a sample from your residence – both inside and at the meter – to determine if there are water quality issues and whether or not it could be linked to your home’s plumbing infrastructure.

  4. avatar jay says:

    what you aren’t telling people is that tap water is killing people.. it’s filled with antibiotics, pharmaceutical drugs, and fluoride. Studies have shown a link in antidepressants in tap water to autism. Wake up people.. http://www.infowars.com/poison-tap-water/

    • avatar Katie Cullipher says:

      Dear Jay,
      While we at askHRgreen.org don’t agree with your assessment of the safety of our tap water, we remain confident in the water treatment and delivery practices here in Hampton Roads. All tap water in Hampton Roads is constantly tested, strictly regulated and meets or exceeds all state and federal standards for drinking water. Specific information on water quality in your locality is always available from your city or county’s water utility department; however, if you have any concerns about the health or safety of the water that flows from your tap, it is a good idea to contact your water utility department directly.

 

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