Creating a culture of PHLASKing
Paying for single-use bottled water is a costly, inefficient and energy-intensive model of distributing water to people. In general, single-use bottled water requires 11-31 times the amount of energy as using municipal tap systems (Dettore 1). Unfortunately, public drinking fountains are not always readily available, and can be even more difficult to locate. In spite of the costs and energy requirements, the pervasive sale of single-use bottled water appears to be the most convenient solution.
Our vast public infrastructure for water provides ubiquitous points-of-contact for accessing water, yet nearly all of the taps are siphoned off for private use, rendering access to that water to the discretion of the proprietor.
It would seem that a costless solution to the inefficient, wasteful system of single-use bottled water would be to simply liberate private taps by asking proprietors to share water with the public.
1. asking a kind Philadelphia proprietor to share access to their tap so you can get some #wooder
Is it too much to PHLASK for?
Private taps are affixed in a variety of locations, and can incur varying degrees of intrusion upon the proprietor to share. While respecting the relative inconvenience of providing access, we have faith that proprietors who ideologically agree with the mission would be willing to sustain the minor inconvenience for the greater good of sharing water and reducing waste.