As we’ve become increasingly aware of the inherent wastefulness of bottled water, more and more of us now simply grab a reusable drinking receptacle before heading out the door, thus preventing yet another single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bottle from living its eternal life in a landfill.

The only potential downside to this eco-conscious approach is finding somewhere to fill up again, should we be in unfamiliar territory once our bottle is drained.

Fortunately, there are more than 550 public drinking-water sources in Metro Vancouver, which means rarely are we very far from one. And now there’s TapMap, a free app that shows where they’re located and how to get there. In addition to fountains, various restaurants, hotels and retailers are included in the app’s database. Find the version compatible with your device at