The WeTap Map

The New Water Fountain WeTap Map: Where to Find a Drinking Water Fountain

WeTap is underway!  The effort to map the nation’s, and ultimately the world’s, drinking water fountains has been launched in a beta test mode. A very small number of people are running around with the Android smartphone application uploading information on the location and condition of drinking fountains. This beta-test is the very first stage in what eventually will be a massive “crowd-source” mapping effort to provide free public information on drinking water fountains. The improvements to the application will lead to a free version for everyone with an Android phone, and ultimately (we hope) ANY smartphone.

In the meantime, for those of you without the ability to go out and map new fountains, it is still possible to use your computer or ANY smartphone with a browser to see the fountains mapped. Here is the link:

You can look for a water fountain, and watch as new ones are added every day. Our first focus will be San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles area. And if you WANT to be a beta-tester in these areas, and you have an Android phone, a gmail account, and a Picasa account, send an email to

The WeTap Drinking Water Fountain Map (Version 1.0)

WeTap Public Drinking Fountain Application

WeTap: An Exciting New Opportunity for Public Drinking Water Fountains

The Pacific Institute, in collaboration with Google, is preparing to launch an exciting new smartphone applications (app) that could help address a major water challenge: finding, supporting, and expanding the nation’s public drinking water fountains.

The new application, under development initially for Android-capable phones, is called WeTap. It does two things:

1. Permits smartphone users to add public drinking water fountains to a national database of fountains, with information on their location, condition, and quality, including uploading a photo; and

2. Permits smartphone users to find a working fountain when they want one.

The app is under development and will be available for beta-testing in late April for a set of volunteers with four things:

1. An Android-capable smartphone

2. A gmail account.

3. A Picasa photo account (to permit them to upload photos of water fountains).

4. A willingness to test the application by finding water fountains, uploading them to the database and core map, and provide feedback on the application so we can improve it.

Interested in helping and meet the conditions above? Send an email to

Peter Gleick discusses the need for a drinking fountain renassance…


One of the reasons for the explosive growth in the sales of bottled water in the past two decades (the average American now drinks nearly 30 gallons of commercial bottled water per year, up from 1 gallon in 1980), is the disappearance of public drinking water fountains.

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