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LAUSD board allocates $20 Million to improve their drinking fountains

The $19,831,708 approved to eliminate lead is setting a “serious standard for school districts across the nation,” said Evelyn Wendel.   Read the Lausd Press release Here

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WeTap Seeks to Revive Drinking Fountain Culture

“When’s the final time you bent to sip from the little arc of pipe-warm water developed by a public drinking fountain? Extended time, for a lot of of us. As omnipresent cellulars have just about killed the phone booth, so omnipresent plastic bottles of shop-bought water have pretty much killed the fountain.” Read about WeTap’s […]

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At the deLaB Conference, Frances Anderton Speaks With Evelyn Wendel

  “At deLaB‘s Making LA conference, DnA’s Frances Anderton talked with Evelyn Wendel, founder of WeTap, a nonprofit that, said Anderton, that “in one simple idea harnesses public health, public space, conservation and pride in access to potable water. Wendel believes that access to clean water is a civic asset denied to millions of people worldwide and […]

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Increasing Public Water Access Improves Community Safety and Pride

Can greater public water access and maintaining drinking fountains in community parks and schools improve overall community well being and SAFETY?  The New Zealand government believes this is true. “The newly installed water drinking fountain at Levin’s Village Green Skate Park is not only proving popular with the town’s young skaters and bikers to keep […]

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Toddler Learns to Use a Drinking Fountain for the First Time.

Adorable! Have you used a drinking fountain lately? Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWNCFuZJqws

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WeTap Loves The Simpsons!

    Thank you Matt Groening for helping to increase drinking fountain appreciation!

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Mark Gold & The Lions

In my first conversation with Mark Gold, when I met him over 6 years ago, I still very keenly remember his lessons to me about the safety process of our national drinking water. His clarity and wisdom was so apparent and unique, even to me who was just starting to think about water policy issues. […]

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Thirsty? Ditch the Plastic Bottle With This Drinking Fountain App

When Los Angeles environmental activist Evelyn Wendel first learned about the ocean’s floating landfills several years ago, she started spreading the word like a reluctant physician in a hospital waiting room. “I tell people about the garbage patch,” Wendel says. “But I apologize when I do. I say, ‘I’m sorry to have to give you […]

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Letter from National Park Service Director to Regional Directors

Click here to read National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis’s policy letter to regional directors outlining their goals of banning the sale of single use plastic water bottles and improving drinking fountains and reusable water bottle refilling stations in ALL national parks throughout the country! The Grand Canyon National Park continues upgrading drinking fountains and adding canteen […]

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EPA Safe Drinking Water Act

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the main federal law that ensures the quality of Americans’ drinking water, sets standards and oversees the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement those standards.

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Andy Lipkis

This is Andy Lipkis drinking from a drinking fountain at the beautiful TreePeople’s headquarters. It was taken as a result of Andy telling me he’s been using the WeTap Google mapping app. “I’ve been taking photos of fountains,” he said, thrilling me to no end. We spoke with each other at the screening of a […]

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