The UNICEF Tap Project is coming to Danville to raise awareness of the nearly 900 million people who do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation.
To celebrate World Water Day, customers in some restaurants are asked to pay $1 for a glass of water that would normally be free, from March 22-28. This money goes toward the Tap Project to support UNICEF water programs to provide clean, safe drinking water to children around the world.
"The restaurants in town were supportive last year and even more supportive this year," Debi Koenig, who helped find Danville restaurants to participate.
They are the Peasant and the Pear, Uptown CafĂ©, Sideboard, Valley Medlyn, mangia Mi, Bridges, Faz, Basil Leaf CafĂ©, Amber Bistro, Piatti and Forbes Mill.
The Danville Town Council proclaimed March 22 as World Water Day in a proclamation signed March 3.
It read, in part:
"Whereas, the United Nations General Assembly designated the 22nd of March of each year as the international observance of "World Water Day"; and
"Whereas, nearly 990 million people do not have access to clean water, and the effects on children are devastating - 1.5 million children die yearly and 4,200 children die daily as a result of water-related causes:
"Resolved, that the Town of Danville encourages all residents to work together to ensure that all individuals have equitable and affordable access to this limited and valuable resource."