NYC Kicks off World Water Week in Battery Park

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by Annie Shreffler

Hundreds of New Yorkers, many of them high school students, turned out on Sunday to begin World Water Week with a mile-long march. Volunteers carried water to show their support for the Tap Project, a UNICEF program to bring more safe drinking water to children around the world.

Marchers picked up gallon jugs from a tent and carried them through lower Manhattan to remind others of the thousands of people to have to carry their water. Back at the park, participants decorated tote bags and learned more water facts:

*One dollar gives a child 40 days of clean drinking water in a developing country.
*900 million people worldwide don't have clean drinking water.
*Water born diseases harm, or even kill, up to 4,200 children every day.

During World Water Week, dozens of restaurants around the city will sell tap water for $1.00 to raise money for UNICEF to dig new wells. You can find a directory of participating restaurants as well as a map on the Tap Project page.

Caryl Stern, CEO of the US fund for UNICEF and World Water Week spoke last week with Amy Eddings on the Brian Lehrer Show about the Tap Project.