Tapping the potential of drinking water

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 Café, Sideboard, Valley Medlyn, mangia Mi, Bridges, Faz, Basil Leaf Café, 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."

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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Posted by Community courtesy
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Isn't it conceivable that Alamo voters' voting NO on incorporation is the cause of the world's need for clean drinking water and sanitation?

Not in humor, but in fact, "Can we address this issue with something more than $1 a class for clean water our district's citizens have already created and paid for?"

There are portable technologies that are available in North America that can be placed through appropriate channels to the third world including producing those systems in those local areas as economic development.

Can we focus on solutions rather than "feel-good" excuses?

**commentary by Judy, outer Stone Valley neighborhoods, Alamo region community of neighborhoods**


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Danville
on Mar 18, 2009 at 11:30 am

I agree with Judy. Plenty of groups already providing this service. I also choose to give money to groups that I feel are just and needed, not be told this is what we are going to do.

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Posted by Joan
a resident of Danville
on Mar 18, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I applaud the restaurants for supporting World Water Day and would like to see all restaurants always ask their patrons if they would like water, instead of just serving it. Potable water is an important resource that should not be wasted. Every time potable water is poured down the drain it becomes part of the waste stream.

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Posted by holly Elfman
a resident of Danville
on Mar 19, 2009 at 10:30 am

In response to the objections to The TAP Project. This is a project initiated by The USA Fund for UNICEF. UNICEF is in over 90 coutries providing clean water and sanitation programs to save children's lives. No other humanitarian organization has saved more children than UNICEF. TAP asks customers at participating restaurants during World Water Week, to donate $1 or more for the glass of tap water they usually get for free to bring awareness of the dire situation in the world and to raise money for the water projects they have all over the globe.UNICEF has more boots and access to countries such as Myamar and as of recently Darfur getting clean water, medicine, etc to the children who are at risk.The water situation is a global emergency and we as Californians are aware of the necessity of water and how fragile the abundance of it is.I'm soryy you find it objectionable to have your community support, in my opinion, a most worthy cause.Personally, I have never been prouder of my community for such support from Mayor Arnerich, the many restaurants that participate and the patrons who go out of their way to dine and donate during March 22-28.

Holly Elfman
City Coordinator

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Posted by John
a resident of Danville
on Mar 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Response to Judy: That is exactly what Unicef is doing; providing systems to manufacture and install portable technologies and save safe water for third world countries and/or other areas that are in desperate need.
Find another bandwagon to sing your negative song on.
This is a most worthy and much needed cause.

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Posted by James
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 19, 2009 at 7:44 pm

I will definitely be eating out more and ordering water during that week. Unicef is a phenomenal organization worthy of supporting.

John, don't bother responding to Mr. Bailey's alter ego. Whenever he posts, claiming he is posting for someone else, it is just another figment of his very active imagination. A way to avoid taking responsibility for his own posts and actions. Same with community courtesy, rachel wells, vince kreiger and the rest of his imaginary friends.

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Posted by Tracy
a resident of another community
on Mar 19, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Sounds like an effective and fun way to make a difference!

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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Mar 20, 2009 at 8:58 am

If my wife and I share a glass, in order to conserve this valuable commodity, will there be a "service charge" for the extra glass?

I would hope that the $880 Million the U.S. donated to the United Nations last year would in part go to this worthwhile UNICEF program.

This is just another liberal "fee-good" program. I gave at the office, thank you!

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Posted by Andy
a resident of Danville
on Mar 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm

To Duffy.
There is no service charge for water, nor does it say as such anywhere. It is merely a question asking if you would like to donate to help out....nothing more.
If you choose not to because you "gave at the office", well God Bless you too.
And you are right, it is indeed a "feel good" program. I feel really good everytime I get out of myself and help others, even in the smallest of ways.
Thanks for the reminder.

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Posted by Pamela
a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Mar 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm

How about if we use the money "tapped" from the water for our education?? I do think UNICEF is and always has been a great cause; remember those penny containers that was used for Halloween?; but I believe it's time that we put some serious thought and effort into California's poorly supported education system.

Let's take care of things closer to home!

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