Brightening Up NYC for Earth’s Most Precious Resource

If you’ve ever been to Manhattan and gazed at the magnificent skyline, you may have noticed that most of the buildings are topped with huge wooden water tanks. I lived there for 2 years before they were pointed out to me on a boat cruise around the island. It turns out that they aren’t ancient relics from the past, but are actually still used today on all buildings over six stories throughout the 5 boroughs. They use gravity to provide water pressure and protect the pipes from bursting. Just as these crucial devices have gone unnoticed by many, so has the water crisis that we are facing today.

A non-profit organization called Word Above the Street has taken on a project to bring awareness to our Earth’s most precious resource: fresh water. The Water Tank Project will reshape the city’s skyline as artists and public school children decorate the tanks with original water-conservation themed artwork. The wrapped tanks will be up for 3 months in the Spring of 2013 for the world to see, hopefully inspiring other major cities to do the same. Word Above the Street is currently accepting donations at

You can follow The Water Tank Project on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. If you want to get involved or donate, check out their home page.

The Water Tank Project – Water PSA

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