Ditch the bottled water with the Tap Map app

Metro Vancouver is set to release a fantastic new app for iPhones that could help eliminate the Lower Mainland’s addiction to bottled water.

The Tap Map app shows almost 600 free water sources in Metro Vancouver, from West Van to Aldergrove, where thirsty citizens can refill their reusable water bottles. Water fountains, public washrooms and even restaurants that are kind enough to provide free water are all listed in the app.

The app shows water sources on a Google Map, with green pins representing water sources. It also shows where the user is located on the map to make finding the nearest water source that much easier.

The Vancouver Sun spoke with the app’s developer, and with Vancouver City Councillor Tim Stevenson (pictured above):

“There’s a lot of people out there who will drink tap water if they know where to find it,” said Rodica Micsoniu, who developed the application for Metro Vancouver.

“People will be buying less bottled water. We hope with this, people will walk to the nearest fountain.”

“It’s fantastic,” said Vancouver Coun. Tim Stevenson, who is chairman of Metro Vancouver’s water committee. “Any way to boost our ability to tell people where water is, I’m all for it.”

The app also gets users involved by allowing them to add new water locations that the app hasn’t logged yet. It also provides information like directions and hours of operation.

Metro Vancouver is hoping that more businesses to start offering free water, and it seems like the food services industry is receptive to the idea. It’s a good way to improve sustainability and also to get a little free publicity by being listed on the app.

The Tap Map app is expected to launch later this month.