Support the UNICEF Tap Project: Dine Out on March 19 thru March 25

Your donation of $1 will provide clean drinking water to a child for 40 days!

UNICEF invites you to take a stand by taking a seat during the UNICEF Tap Project! When you dine out at a participating restaurant between March 19-25, you’ll be invited to donate a minimum of $1 for the tap water you would normally be served for free. For every dollar raised, a child will have clean water for 40 days.

Clean water is essential, yet nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to it—and nearly half of those people are children. In alignment with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, UNICEF is working with its partners to reduce the number of people without access to safe water and basic sanitation by 50% by 2015, which will also save children at risk from waterborne illnesses, the second highest cause of preventable childhood deaths. Every day, 4,000 children die from waterborne illnesses, and UNICEF is committed to doing whatever it takes to make that number zero.

Since its inception in 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised nearly $3 million in the U.S. and has helped provide clean water for millions of children globally. In its sixth year, the UNICEF Tap Project has become a dynamic movement that affords everyone the opportunity to help provide the world’s children with safe, clean water. The 2012 UNICEF Tap Project Funds will specifically target Togo, Vietnam, Mauritania, and Cameroon.

We’ve rounded up participating restaurants in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Make a restaurant reservation now and donate $1 to do your part to support the UNICEF Tap Project!



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I'd like to say I wouldn't pay for tap water, but if I were really thirsty, yeah, I probably would.

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Dining Poll: Should Drinking Water Be a Question or a Custom at Restaurants?

There’s been much hullabaloo and ballyhoo around drinking water at restaurants. Some restaurants will pour you a glass regardless of whether you request — or want — one or not. Others don’t serve water unless a patron asks. So, we’re asking: What’s your preference when dining out? Weigh in below!


London Diner Denied Water at Restaurant; Management’s Excuse All Wet

Water Flows From FaucetThe Daily Mail reports that a thirsty London diner asked for a free glass of tap water in a restaurant — and was refused. After spending more than $300 on dinner and ordering a bottled water and a round of drinks, the patron, Sonya Adams, politely requested a some tap water, only to be told it was against restaurant policy to serve diners free tap water. However, this policy is in violation of a new law introduced in the U.K. designed to help thwart alcohol-related crimes; alcohol retailers cannot turn down a patron’s request for a complimentary glass of water from the tap.

The restaurant’s management could face a hefty fine, prison time, and/or a revocation of its liquor license. Adams, who paid her bill but opted not to leave a tip, won’t be returning to the restaurant.

Charging for water has been an issue here in the States in the past year. What would you do if a restaurant refused to serve you a glass of tap water on the house? Walk out? Leave a small or no tip? Offer to pay for the water? Weigh in here or tell us your thoughts on Facebook.