New App Helps You Find the Nearest Drinking

Written on 22 Dec 2013

WeTap, a project of the Pacific Institute, is a new smartphone app that helps you locate the nearest drinking fountain based on your location.

WeTap AppDr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and author of Bottled and Sold: The Story of Our Obsession with Bottled Water, said, "The average American now drinks nearly 30 gallons of commercial bottled water per year, up from 1 gallon in 1980, creating plastic waste and wasting energy. One of the reasons for this explosive growth in the sales of bottled water is the disappearance of public drinking water fountains."

According to their website, the app does 2 things:

1. Permits smartphone users to add public drinking water fountains to a national database of fountains, with information on their location, condition, and quality, including uploading a photo; and

2. Permits smartphone users to find a working fountain when they want one.

The WeTap app is currently in beta testing phase on the Android platform. Users who would like to help test it and give feedback. You can get the WeTap App for free on Google Play.

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