It’s World Water Week; For Just $1 You Can Make A Difference

March 20 -26, 2011 marks World Water Week, and during this time you can help millions of children around the world who lack access to clean water.

During this week, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (United Nations’ International Children’s Emergency Fund) is launching its annual Tap Project.

How Does The Tap Project Work?

Across the United States, restaurants will encourage patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free.  Just click here to get the list of participating restaurants. That’s it! Very simple, right?

There will be over 1,000 participating restaurants, 5,000 volunteers and 500 local events and activities, as the UNICEF Tap Project will encourage celebrities, restaurants, volunteers and corporation’s to support UNICEF’s efforts to provide children with access to safe, clean water. Funds raised will aid UNICEF’s water and sanitation programs in Togo, the Central African Republic and Vietnam.

Clean Water Means Life For Many Of The World’s Children

“Every day, many of us enjoy the gift of easy access to safe, clean water,” said President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern. “However much we take this for granted we must remember that for many communities water sources are unclean and soap is often not available. In these situations, disease spreads rapidly, with fatal consequences, killing millions of children a year.  It may seem too simple, but clean water means life for many of the world’s children.”

Since its inception in 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised nearly $2.5 million in the U.S. and has helped to provide clean water for millions of children globally.

Thanks To UNICEF, Over A Billion People Have Clean Drinking Water

Over the past 16 years more than a billion people have gained access to improved drinking water and sanitation facilities thanks to the efforts of UNICEF and its partners.

So what are you waiting for? Check at that list of participating restaurants and make your contribution to World Water Week!

Photo credit: Sara~ via Creative Commons


Dana W.
Dana W6 years ago

World Water Week is wonderfully alliterative, but the awareness and education of the extreme need for clean water should be an ongoing year-round effort.

Justina G.
Justina Gil6 years ago


Kelly M.
Kelly M.6 years ago

I wanted to invite everyone who is celebrating today, World Water Day, by joining a 30 Day Fundraising Challenge (
Thanx to SodaStream, they have some fantastically fun prizes to give away! They are giving away limited edition "The Water Project" SodaStream Systems to the top fundraisers in the challenge. These great gadgets can turn ordinary tap water into sparkling water or soda in under 30 seconds. So much fun. (and "Green" too!)
Between March 22nd (World Water Day) and April 20th...
• The participant who raises the most money
• The participant who gathers the most unique donors (based on email address)
• And, one randomly selected participant from any page generating at least a $10 donation
... will each win a complete "The Water Project" SodaStream Kit!

Frederick M.
Frederick M.6 years ago

Over the years our tap water, which was always there for us. A few times over the years, the water line had to be turned off for repairs...A few other times our tapwater was unusable for short periods of time....In every instance there was ample warning from the water department. We take our water for granted that it's always there, but when it is not, we notice...

James R. Stewart Jr.

The solution to this problem is Composting Toilets. The flush toilet is a Radical, Nasty Waste of Good Water.

Sofia B.
Sofia B6 years ago

A nice way to reach people who might not otherwise be informed, but what about those drinking bottled water? Shouldn't they also be encouraged to donate?

I'm grateful that I have clean drinking water coming from my tap, I can't imagine walking kilometres for my water every day. Our cottage in the archipelago doesn't have water so I know how it is having to watch your water consumption, but still it's nothing like what those in many developing countries face, after all we can usually go and get more water by boat and car when we need it.

Empress Ginger
Ginger Strivelli6 years ago

I'm going to spread the word..and hopefully people will join me in donating. Ast anyone can afford to spare a dollar.

Tracy Schaal
Tracy Schaal6 years ago

Great idea! Going to look up the restaurants now--hoping they are all around the world, not just the US.

carlee trent
carlee trent6 years ago


Jeanne Marie A.
JM A6 years ago