Go Green - Enjoy Tap Water

Take action and help UNHQ contribute to the SDG goals, particularly target 14.1“by 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.” 

This includes preventing plastic debris from single use plastic bottles and using reusable bottles and tap water. Doing so is economical, good for the environment and easy here at UNHQ where the water is proven to be clean and safe. And every single action helps!


It's safe and tastes good


UNHQ water fountain filters are changed quarterly and the water is tested randomly from the fountains and bathrooms every six months by an independent third party water and indoor air quality testing provider.  To learn more about how UNHQ water compares to the relevant health standards, please consult the Air & Water Quality reports below:


Find the water fountains locations at the UNHQ Secretariat complex on this map

New York City drinking water is world-renowned for its quality. Each day, more than 1 billion gallons of fresh, clean water are delivered from large upstate reservoirs—some more than 125 miles from the City—to the taps of 9 million customers throughout New York state. To learn more about the water New York City delivers to our buildings, click here


It's the responsible choice


Producing single-use plastic bottles and transporting water requires a lot of energy and resources, up to 2,000 times the energy required to produce tap water! 

If not properly recycled, plastic bottles end up laying in our landfills for countless years or polluting our oceans and harming vital marine ecosystems because plastic never entirely decomposes. At UNHQ, our non-recycled waste does not go to landfills but any plastic in the trash will be lost to waste-to-energy incineration rather than being repurposed into new products. Help us Green the Blue by bringing your own cup or reusable bottle to work!


A few facts presented by UN Environment and NYC government


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