Over 90 of the DC area’s restaurants will participate in the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s nationwide Tap Project during the week of March 16, culminating on World Water Day, March 22. The Tap Project, a grassroots initiative to provide clean water to children around the world, invites individuals to donate $1 for the tap water they normally get for free at participating restaurants.
Alexandria participants include Del Merei Grille, Firefly, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Monroe’s, Restaurant Eve and Rustico Restaurant.
“The Tap Project brings to Washington, DC an incredibly simple concept to encourage restaurant patrons to help bring clean and safe water to the children of the world,” says Chef Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s and Brasserie Beck. “As a Tap Project volunteer, I am glad that so many restaurants agree it is our duty to use tap waterour single most bountiful natural resourceto reduce child mortality. We are counting on more DC restaurants to register and get on board.”
Last year, over 300 restaurants and thousands of their patrons in New York raised more than $100,000 to provide four million children with safe and clean water. Participants included high-profile media executives, chefs, and a host of celebrities. The Tap Project is the first of its kinda national grassroots effort offering individuals and restaurants across the nation a simple and effective way to make a difference in a child’s life.
More than one billion people do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation, and one in five of them are children. Eighty percent of all illness and infant mortality is due to waterborne disease.