2011-07-01 / Top Stories

EPA Sets ‘Water On The Go’ Program

Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway today launched an expanded Water-On-the-Go program for the second consecutive summer to make New York City drinking water easily available at outdoor public locations and events throughout the city.

The program began on Wednesday, June 29, and will continue through Labor Day weekend, with water fountains set up in all five boroughs at public plazas, city parks, greenmarkets and special events. The fountains are outdoor drinking water stations, connected to fire hydrants, with six faucets for direct drinking or for filling a water bottle. All fountains also feature separate bowls of water for pets. The program makes the city’s world-renowned drinking water easily available at high traffic locations, reducing the need for bottled water purchases, or purchases of less healthy and more costly soft drinks. Water-On-the-Go also educates New Yorkers about the high quality of NYC water and its sources. For this program, DEP partners with community groups, arts and cultural organizations and other City agencies to integrate Water-Onthe Go into events throughout the city. In 2010, Water-On-the-Go attracted more than 85,000 people and countless pets. “NYC Water is simply the best,” said Holloway. “It comes from picturesque watersheds upstate that we vigorously protect, and is distributed to New Yorkers through a complex and ingenious underground network that is the envy of the world. Our Water-Onthe Go fountains make the healthiest, most affordable and most environmentally friendly drink available to New Yorkers for free in every borough throughout the summer. Last summer, we had more than 85,000 people stop by to grab a drink or fill up a bottle, and with more than three times as many fountains out six days every week this summer, we’ll easily surpass that mark. When you need to cool off this summer, do it with NYC Water.”

The Department of Environmental Protection has 10 portable Water-Onthe Go fountains that can be easily hooked up to fire hydrants around the city. Department of Environmental Protection staff will deliver, set up and disconnect the fountains at the beginning and end of each day and rotate locations according to the summer schedule.

Tuesdays at the Brooklyn and Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarkets

Wednesdays at Union Square, Bryant Park and Learn It, Grow It, Eat It Youthmarket on Boston Road and 169 Street in the Bronx

Thursdays at Times Square and the Tucker Square Greenmarket near Lincoln Center

Fridays at a Greenmarket at Roosevelt Avenue and 103 Street in Queens, City Hall Park and Rockefeller Center

Saturdays at Grand Army Plaza, a Greenmarket near Inwood Hill Park and Abingdon Square

Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Flea Market

Water-On-the-Go fountains will also be set up at the Saint George Ferry Terminal to coincide with Staten Island Yankee games. To find a full, downloadable schedule of Water-on-the-Go locations, visit www.nyc.gov/dep.

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