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Local restaurants participate in World Water Week

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MADISON (WKOW) -- More than 25 Madison restaurants have teamed up with the Clean Lakes Alliance for World Water Week.

Between Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 30, customers dining at participating restaurants may choose to donate one dollar for water that is normally provided free of charge. The Clean Lakes Alliance uses the money to improve the water quality of Madison's local lakes.

Clean Lakes Alliance co-founder and vice president James Tye says the donations can have a greater effect than many people realize.

"World Water Week is really a way to emphasize the importance of water in our community and globally," says Tye. "One piece of water can come out of Lake Mendota, go through the lakes, down to the Rock River, into the Mississippi River, and then into the Gulf to circle around the world."

Tye says World Water Week is also a way to raise awareness about the importance of protecting and conserving water.

"It's a precious resource," says Tye. "By just putting that dollar down, you realize that it's not free. There is a cost to water, and we should conserve it."

The Clean Lakes Alliance is also working to reduce the amount of phosphorous found in Madison's lakes. The organization is hoping to reduce the amount of phosphorous in local water sources by 50 percent by the year 2025.

Area restaurants participating in World Water Week include:

43 North
8 Seasons Grille
Bassett Street Brunch Club
Bluephies Restaurant & Vodkatorium
Buck & Badger
Capital Tap Haus
Christy's Landing
The Coopers Tavern
Diego's Mexican Bistro
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Francesca's al Lago
The Free House Pub
Harmony Bar and Grill
Hubbard Avenue Diner
The Icon
Madison's Merchant
Restaurant Muramoto
Rex's Innkeeper
Sofra Family Bistro
The Spot
Sushi Muramoto
Tempest Oyster Bar
Villa Dolce
Village Green Bar and Grill

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