Four local restaurants will participate in the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s nationwide UNICEF Tap Project during World Water Week from March 21 to March 27.

The UNICEF Tap Project is a campaign to provide clean water to children around the world. Restaurant patrons are invited to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free. Participating restaurants are Amalfi on the Water, The Boat House Restaurant and Raw Bar, Cappy’s Chowder House and In Good Company.

Since 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised nearly $1.5 million in the United States and has helped to provide clean water to millions of children around the world. Participants included high-profile media executives, chefs and a host of celebrities, such as Lucy Liu, Joel Madden and Marcus Samuelsson. The UNICEF Tap Project is the first of its kind — a national grassroots campaign offering individuals and restaurants across the nation a simple and effective way to make a difference in a child’s life.

This marks the third year of the UNICEF Tap Project’s nationwide expansion, and the first year of participation for these Midcoast restaurants.

“The UNICEF Tap Project brings to our area an incredibly simple concept to encourage citizens to help bring clean and safe water to the children of the world,” said Terry Wagner of Thomaston, in a news release. “As a UNICEF Tap Project volunteer, I am glad that so many restaurants and volunteers understand it is our duty to use tap water — our single most bountiful natural resource — to reduce child mortality.”

In addition, some of this year’s UNICEF Tap Project volunteers are planning fundraising and awareness building events in their communities. Clean water is essential, yet nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to it — and nearly half of those people are children. UNICEF is working with its partners to reduce the number of people without access to safe water and basic sanitation by 50 percent by 2015, which will also save children at risk from waterborne illnesses, the second highest cause of preventable childhood deaths. Every day, 24,000 children die of preventable causes, and UNICEF is committed to doing whatever it takes to make that number zero. With $1, UNICEF can provide one child access to safe, clean water for 40 days.

For more information about the UNICEF Tap Project, or to locate participating restaurants and events, visit tapproject.org or call 877-776-5827.