Meet our current & past partners, who help us Hit the Tap!
Mountain Water Company Since 1979, the people of Mountain Water Company have been dedicated to providing quality water and dependable service at a reasonable price to our customers in the Missoula Valley. With 37 wells, 45 boosters, 24 storage facilities and a storage capacity of approximately 9,344,000 gallons, we’re proud to serve over 24,000 households in the Missoula community.
Our mission to start the Kick the Bottle, Hit the Tap! campaign began early in 2008. We are fortunate in Missoula (and most of the U.S.) to have clean, fresh water sources every time we turn on the tap. We want to encourage citizens in all of our communities to consider the consequences of over-using disposable plastic water bottles. The Hit the Tap Campaign hopes that by providing safe, high-quality stainless steel bottles at an affordable price, that we may encourage a more environmentally friendly means of water consumption.
Missoula Parks & Recreation and Missoula Eat Smart Coalition Eat Smart is part of Missoula's public health initiative focusing on decreasing the prevalence of obesity and improving the health of Missoula residents through community interventions including population based education, partnerships, policy and environmental changes. Eat Smart's mission is to improve the food and beverage choices made by Missoula residents. In partnership with Mountain Water Company and the Missoula Parks and Recreation department, two new Hit the Tap all-season water fountains were installed on the riverfront trail system. Visit the Hit the Tap Map to view all of the fountains located around Missoula!
Montana Section: American Water Works Association The MSAWWA is an organization of drinking water professionals, serving the people of Montana. They are dedicated to the promotion of public health and welfare in the provision of drinking water of unquestionable quality and sufficient quantity.
YMCA Active 6 Program Starting in 2011, the Hit the Tap campaign teamed with the local YMCA Active 6 Program to help promote their program of encouraging kids to stay healthy, active and making the right choices. Here's how it works: Every 6th grader in Missoula County is eligible for a FREE YMCA membership, a FREE Mountain Line bus pass provided by KPAX, and FREE admission to Griz basketball games. Additionally, they are each provided with a 24 oz. Hit the Tap stainless steel bottle to encourage tap water consumption over less healthy choices.
YMCA Coyote Choir The Missoula YMCA Coyote Choir played an integral role in spreading the re-usable water container message. In 2008 these ambitious young people chose to support a non-profit organization called Water For People. The choir purchased Hit the Tap! bottles at cost, and they re-sold them to the community with a $3 donation included. Mountain Water then matched each donation for the first 500 bottles sold, and all of the proceeds were sent to Water For People. The total contributions were almost $3,000!.