Taps Off

Help us wave goodbye to water poverty by going a day without turning on your taps.

22 MARCH is taps off day.

Taps Off Day

On 22 March, we’re asking New Zealanders to go a day without turning on our taps – at home or at work. While you can’t turn any taps on – you can fill up bottles and containers the day before to use.

To get prepared, just fill up buckets, bottles and containers the day before and join the challenge

We’re lucky to have access to clean safe water, many of our neighbours in the Pacific aren’t so lucky. So help those who don’t have a tap by turning yours off for 24 hours. Register today and encourage your friends and whanau to do the same. 

Just pledge a minimum ten bucks and you’re on your way to seeing water and sanitation projects help communities in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. 

For individuals

For organisations, companies or schools

Join the challenge

(Pledge as little as $10)

Sign up as a team

Go further and create a fundraising page and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. Compete to see who can raise the most to help end water poverty.



Rules of the challenge

  • You must only use water you’ve collected in buckets and water vessels to drink, cook and bathe. You can flush though!
  • Taps off day starts at 12.01am, so it’s best to get ready the night before.  The challenge finishes at midnight that night.
  • Anyone undertaking exercise that requires heavy exertion should prepare sufficient supplies and we would encourage anyone who is feeling light-headed due to dehydration to stop the challenge.
  • Please use the hashtag #tapsoffday when posting on social media, so we can share your efforts.
  • If you can’t take part on 22 March, then no worries. Feel free to have your own Taps Off Day anytime in the same week.


School resources

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World Water Day

Taps Off marks World Water Day held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.


Vist the Never Happens? Happens websiteWhat would you do if you had no water?

In New Zealand emergencies can happen anywhere, any time, and without warning. When they do, Civil Defence and emergency services will be busy helping the people who need them most.

Download the guide (PDF) or make your plan online at happens.nz.


Campaign partners and sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

John Holland


Event dates: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017