Thirsty? Don’t want to hit the bottle to get a drink? (And contribute to plastic pollution, the Pacific garbage patch, global climate change, etc.) Soon you will have an alternative. Remember drinking fountains? They used to be everywhere–step up, push a button, and get clear, clean water (even chilled sometimes) shot right into your mouth. They’re still around, but you’ll often find them broken, dirty and disgusting (if you can find them at all, that is).
Now, thanks to Peter Gleick and the other water wizards at the Pacific Institute, in partnership with Google, you’ll be able to use your smartphone to find the nearest fountain, check to see if it’s in working order, and even see a picture of it. Currently in beta testing, the WeTap app is crowdsourcing the locations and condition of drinking fountains in the San Francisco Bay area. To participate in the beta testing, see the linked news item, or visit the WeTap info page at http://www.pacinst.org/wetap/index.htm .