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Although we do live in a world where everything costs money, some things are still supposed to be free. We shouldn’t have to pay for the air that we breathe or the water that we drink, right? Well, wrong. This year has brought us yet another amazing and somewhat disturbing concept — subscription to tap water. Yes, you can now pay monthly for your right to use tap water on specific locations in New York City thanks to the company called Reefill. Who are they and what’s the point of that? We’ll explain the idea below. Once you read through it you might actually subscribe as well.
According to the data provided by the Reefill company, just last year, we’ve used up 50 billion plastic bottles and only 20 percent of that got recycled. What about the rest? Well, it ended up on landfills and in oceans irreversibly polluting the only world we’ve got. That is why we need to be a bit more responsible when it comes to our water drinking habits even when it includes tap water. This is where Reefill comes in. There are numerous locations in NYC where you can get unlimited access to fresh, chilled, and filtered tap water for the price of one regular water bottle. The idea is that you use just one bottle and refill it anytime you like, thus saving the money and the planet.
The subscription to Reefill costs just under $2 a month and comes with a practical app that will show you the location of the nearest Reefill station and keep track of your activity. That way you can find out exactly how many bottles and how much money you’ve saved using this service. You actually get to see how you’re helping change the world. If that’s not enough of an incentive, keep in mind that this company also supports an organization called Water.org that provides access to clean water to hundreds of developing countries all over the world.
So, the next time you’re going out for a run or simply feel like casually strolling through the city’s busy streets, think about subscribing to Reefill’s tap water service and enjoy fresh and filtered water all around NY. You can find a lot more information including a demo of their concept on the website. Besides that, you can find a map of all the available locations at the moment and the ones coming soon. For now, the stations are placed in central Manhattan, but by the end of the year, you’ll see a lot more of them all over the town.
Did you ever think that you would have to pay for tap water? Isn’t it a great idea, though?