Drink Local. Drink Tap.

http://drinklocaldrinktap.org Established 2009 Member since 2011

Mission and Vision

Vision: Inspiring the world to carefully value and protect our water as a basic necessity of life.

DLDT is a non-profit organization that inspires individuals to recognize and solve our water issues through creative education, events, and providing safe water access to people in need.


DLDt was founded by Erin Huber, a native Clevelander committed to sustainable water solutions both locally and globally. She has over a decade of intense community work with the homeless, the environment, local businesses and youth. Huber has two associate degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Cleveland State University and a Master of Science in Urban Studies focusing on New Economics and Sustainability Policy.

Huber is the creator of the 7,000 square foot Huber-Westfall roof-top garden at Cleveland State University, creator of a weekly urban local-food farmers market in downtown Cleveland, and has led the Genuine Progress Index study for Northeast Ohio in 2011. She has experience teaching both in the public and serving as a teaching and research assistant at Cleveland State University for 2 years.

Huber founded DLDT to reconnect people to water issues near and far and provide ways for people to impact these issues in a positive way. DLDT connects directly with individuals, communities and organizations to spread it's mission and impact worldwide water issues.

Project History Details

Drink Local. Drink Tap. has a five year history of engaging the public with the world water crisis. DLDT didn't start with WASH projects, but has grown into the WASH world over the last four years. We have reconnected local inner city youth to children in Uganda through writing letters, celebrating world water day, carrying personal water jugs to honor those who have to do so in their daily lives across the planet, and providing water education on local and global water issues.

Drink Local. Drink Tap. aims to reconnect people to the larger water crisis by starting at a very basic level. We begin the conversation with the public about drinking water discussing how to drink water in sustainable ways locally. Being located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, we are located on 20% of the world's fresh surface water. If we are unable to reconnect people locally to something as simple as drinking water, our resources will continue to become more unsustainable and the need to act as global citizens cannot emerge.

After we engage the public in the local drinking water conversation, we begin to connect the public with local water issues such as storm-water runoff, combined sewer overflows, and water quality issues. We have done this by adopting Cleveland's beach at Edgewater State Park and building 7,000 square foot roof-top garden on Cleveland State University. Monthly beach and street clean-ups allow us to educate and engage the public in bigger picture issues that affect the sustainability of our local water supply. In addition, people begin to own the quality of their neighborhoods as well as make a tangible difference in the Great Lakes.

After this engagement and awakening, we move onto the very pressing issues of those without the water riches that exist in the US; especially in the Great Lakes Basin. These concepts are not so tangible for Americans, but can be discussed in more thoughtful and effective ways once people have been reconnected to local drinking water and the Great Lakes. As mentioned previously, we engage inner city youth in Cleveland with children at St. Charles school in Uganda, Africa; but to reach the broader public we do a variety of outreach.

Celebrating World Water Day has become an amazing avenue to reach the broader public in the global water crisis conversation. We have produced a short film, present at large public events (i.e. Pecha Kucha Volume 12, 2011 500+ attendees), and work with local artists, film-makers, BPN activist: Katie Spotz, photographers, teachers, and athletes to begin the global water awakening. We have created massive art installations for 100,000 people to view comparative water use, engage community groups in raising funds and awareness for Ugandan St. Charles school to gain fresh water facilities, and have teamed up with Blue Planet Network's Team Hope in the Ride Across America Race in June 2011.

DLDT had completed:
2 borehole projects
1 gravity-fed tap system
1 gravity fed irrigation system
5 borehole projects (pending Jan. 2015)

There are not enough NGOs on the planet to solve the global water crisis. Creating critical engagement to the water conversation locally is necessary to inspire action and reconnect people across the globe through one element that brings all of us life.

Total WASH Budget

$100,000 - 249,999

The lives of 2,020 people in 1 country have been impacted.

Improved Drinking Water


across 3 projects

Improved Sanitation


across 2 projects



across 2 projects

Drink Local. Drink Tap.
2471 W 11th St up
Cleveland, OH 44113
United States

  • Erin Huber
    Executive Director and Founder

Projects in:   Uganda  

Geographic focus:   Uganda  

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