A search engine to find sources of free drinking water around the world. A new app that has become the world’s leading search engine for free drinking water.

The system is designed to provide everyone with a free and easy way to refill their reusable water bottles and reduce the use of plastic bottles.

The concept is intentionally simple and straightforward. The free app works with your phone’s GPS locator to find nearby water sources or places to refill your water bottle. Local results appear on a map, as if you were searching for the nearest cafe or gas station.

The new app hopes to take advantage of Waze-style crowdsourcing so that anyone can download information about water sources all over the world. Since its launch, the Tap Finder system already has thousands of cafes, restaurants and other businesses in 30 countries.

This basic network of commercial establishments represents companies that have signed an agreement with Tap for the supply of drinking water. Some already have Grifo brand water fountains, which distribute water for free.

Source of drinking water. Image: VYarochkina Shutterstock

The app allows users to search for free water only, if that’s what they’re looking for. The app’s search filters include drinking fountain, counter service, or water machines. Participating cafes and restaurants that provide water will display a faucet sticker on their doors or windows.

“It’s crazy that the government allows companies to package our own water and sell it to us.”

Tap CEO Samuel Ian Rosen announced that the second step of the Tap plan is to expand the geo-mapping service, through crowdsourcing, to include additional fountains and gas stations.

“We built a very simple loading tool that allows you to walk to a body of water, take a picture, put it on a map and report if it’s broken or needs fixing.” , Rosen explained. “It’s a way of mapping our own water infrastructure.”

The ultimate goal of the project, Rosen said, is to create a database of “millions” of water sources and to make refillable water bottles as popular as single-use plastic bottles.

Rosen is deeply concerned about climate change and pollution. One of the main reasons he developed the Tap system was that he wanted to devote himself to finding solutions to the planet’s resource problems. Rosen mentioned The limits of growth, a famous 1972 MIT computer study that predicts social and environmental collapse by 2070 due to population growth, pollution and depletion of natural resources.

“2020 is the crucial year for climate change,” said Rosen. “And our governments are doing nothing. The reason is that billionaires will be fine. They will survive climate change. They will build their walls, their farms. They grow food for the rich. “There are countries that will not survive climate change.

But Tap is not a non-profit initiative. Rosen wants to create a profitable business model that also reduces the use of plastic water bottles.

A quick tour of the new app shows an easy to use interface. A pop-up window gives you the option to connect Tap to your smartphone’s location functions, after which Tap generates a local street map.

More information and application: findtap.com