PHLask Project

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Fill-up Your Reusable Water Bottle by Asking

While the Philadelphia Water Department maintains many public drinking fountains throughout the city, they are scarce when compared to the ubiquity of private taps at restaurants, shops, cafes, businesses and even people's homes.

  • While every citizen already has the right to ask the proprietor to share water from their tap, this isn't a culturally normalized behavior.
  • Unspoken norms of patronage and privacy, coupled with policies like "restroom is for customers only," give the impression that private businesses may not be willing to share water, which would discourage even asking in the first place. (From the About page)