As I sit here parched in 19 West 4th, having forgotten my stainless steel bottle at home and struggling with the moral difficulty of paying $2.00 for a bottle of Aquafina, my mind turns to free, filtered drinking water.

I was surprised to learn that NYC’s Dept. of Environmental Protection is actually hosting a program called “Water-On-The-Go“, bringing fountains to parks and plazas around the city since early this summer, and even partnered with Aveda at Fashion’s Night Out.

NYU has its own filtered tap water initiative, which debuted last year at Kimmel Marketplace and Bobst Library, with both hot and cold spigots! Apparently this stuff is tested 120 times per week, which seems a little excessive, but better safe than sorry.

Many people know that NYC is supposed to have some of the best tap water in the US (#13 on this list), but I personally prefer the sweeter, less metallic taste of water passed through my Brita. But if I happen to wander over to Brooklyn Flea this weekend, I just might give the fountains a try. (You can find a calendar of WOTG appearances here.)

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About Samantha Ku

Samantha is a journalism and French major at NYU.
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