Sushi Roku and Boa Steakhouse in Santa Monica are among the local restaurants joining forces with UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) to offer Los Angeles-area residents the opportunity to fight the global clean water crisis.

From Sunday through Saturday, March 16th to 22nd, the participating restaurants will ask patrons to pay $1 for the tap water they normally receive free. All funds will go directly to UNICEF.

Last year, a similar UNICEF “tap project” in New York raised more than $100,000 in a day.

According to UNICEF, the program is important because the lack of clean and accessible drinking water is the second largest worldwide killer of children under five. One billion people in the world have little or no access to safe drinking water and 5,000 children die every day because of this deficit, according to UNICEF.

For every dollar raised through the “tap project,” a child will have clean drinking water for 40 days, according to the organization.

Information, www.latapproj ect.org/.

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