Several organizations are making it easier for residents to choose to drink water this summer with the TapIt program.
As part of the TapIt launch in Oklahoma City, 2,500 reusable water bottles will be distributed to the community Saturday through Monday at the YMCA's 12 metro locations.
Residents do not have to be YMCA members to get a free water bottle. More than 20 local cafes, eateries and coffee shops have registered to be the first TapIt locations in Oklahoma.
“TapIt is a simple concept to get Oklahomans to drink more water while reducing reliance on bottled drinks that would otherwise end up in our landfills and streets,” said Angela Jones, YMCA director of health and wellness initiatives.
“We want to make it easier for our community to drink more water and to choose to reuse instead of adding to our landfill,” said Laura Massenat, owner and operator of Elemental Coffee Roasters, 815 N Hudson. “Carrying your own water bottle will open your eyes to how many times you grab disposables, use them once, then hit the trash.”
Additionally, all 12 YMCA locations in the Oklahoma City area will become TapIt locations and allow anyone in the community access to drinking water.
People can refill any reusable water bottle at participating locations for free, regardless of whether a purchase is made from that business.
All TapIt locations will be designated with a TapIt sticker and flier near the entrance of the establishment.
TapIt supports the Y's larger effort to encourage a healthy lifestyle through the 5210 initiative that launched last October in partnership with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.
The campaign is aimed at bringing awareness to daily guidelines for nutrition and physical activity, including five or more fruits or vegetables, two hours or less of screen time, one hour or more of physical activity and zero sweetened beverages.
As TapIt locations become available, they are to be posted at www.