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Water Fountains on Campus

Sustain Columbia asks you to BYOWB! (Bring Your Own Water Bottle).
This initiative will help to conserve valued natural resources, reduce waste, promote a health lifestyle and save money.

We compiled a list of reasons to support this.

1. Water makes up between 55-78% of a human’s body weight.
Make sure you hydrate to stay healthy! [source]elkay refilling

2. More than 25 percent of bottled water comes from a municipal water supply,
the same place that tap water comes from. [source]

3. In production, more than 800,000 metric tons of harmful pollutants are
released into the air, just to replace the plastic water bottles that were thrown away. [source]

4. People in the us buy more than a billion water bottles every week,
that’s enough to circle the globe more than 5 times. [source]

5. Purchasing one bottle of water a day for the whole year can equal roughly $650.
Tap Water = Priceless
[source: we did the math]

On campus we have retrofitted select water fountains with bottle water refilling
stations (as seen in this photo). These stations allow users to fill and refill bottle easily
and quickly using less resources. And these units double as a water filtration unit as well.

Locations include:

  • 1104 S. Wabash Ave.,Conaway Center
  • 600 S. Michigan Ave., Underground Cafe
  • 600 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd floor hallway
  • 33 E. Congress, 2nd floor Journalism Department
  • 618 S. Michigan Ave., Stage Two Lobby
  • 1306 S. Michigan Ave., in basement hallway
  • 72 E. 11th st., 3rd floor student lounge
  • 623 S. Wabash, 1st Floor Main Lobby
  • 623 S. Wabash, 8th Floor

We want to do our part to become part of a larger solution, one focused on resource conservation and waste minimization. Join us in bringing in your own refillable water bottle.

We also urge you to use the many water fountains across campus.
Here is a list of fountain locations is separated by building, floor, and location.

1014 S. Wabash       
1st        By bathrooms
2nd      By woman's bathroom
3rd       By student lounge
4th       In hallway

1104 S. Wabash       
1st       Near café (Water bottle Refilling Station)
2nd      By washrooms
3rd       By washrooms
4th       By washrooms
5th       By washrooms
6th       By washrooms
7th       By washrooms
8th       By back elevator

1306 S. Michigan      
Basement         By bathrooms (Water bottle Refilling Station)
1st        Front hallway
2nd      In hallway
3rd       By bathrooms

1312 S. Michigan      
1st        In lounge area
2nd      By bathrooms

1415 S. Wabash
1st        In hallway

1600 S. State
1st        By bathrooms

33 E. Congress
1st       In Rm 101 By bathrooms
2nd      By bathrooms (Water bottle Refilling Station)
3rd       by bathrooms
4th       In hallway by recycling bins
5th       2 Locations: By vending machines and By bathrooms
6th       By elevators
7th       By bathrooms

600 S. Michigan     
Basement         By vending machines (Water bottle Refilling Station)
2nd      By bathrooms (Water bottle Refilling Station)
3rd       By bathrooms
4th       By bathrooms
7th       By bathrooms
8th       By bathrooms
9th       By bathrooms
10th     By Photo Check Out Desk
12th     In hallway by student lockers
13th     By bathroom
14th     In back hallway
15th     In back hallway

618 S. Michigan   
1st        By magazine racks
2nd      By bathrooms (Water bottle Refilling Station)
3rd       By bathrooms
8th       By bathrooms

623 S. Wabash         
1st       Outside of the HAUS (Water bottle Refilling Station)
1st       By Vending Machines, look for single Water Refilling Unit!
3rd       By bathrooms
4th       By bathrooms
5th       2 by back elevator
6th       By back elevator
7th       By back elevator
8th       By back elevator (Water bottle Refilling Station)
9th       By bathrooms
10th     By back elevator

624 S. Michigan        
3rd       By bathrooms
4th       By bathrooms
8th       By bathrooms
9th       By vending machines
10th     By vending machines
11th     By bathrooms
13th     By bathrooms
14th     By bathrooms

72 E. 11th street   
Basement         By bathrooms
1st        In theater lobby
2nd      By bathrooms
3rd       By student lounge (Water bottle Refilling Station)
4th       By bathrooms
5th       By bathrooms
6th       By bathrooms

731 S. Plymouth        
1st        By bathrooms

916 S. Wabash         
1st        By bathrooms and In Lounge Area
2nd      By bathrooms 


[3] U.S. Government Accountability Office. (2009, June). Bottled Water: FDA Safety and Consumer Protections are Often Less Stringent than Comparable EPA Protections for Tap Water. Retrieved June 2010 from http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09610.pdf
[4] U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2010, March 1). Statistics on the Management of Used and End-of-Life Electronics. Retrieved June 2010 from http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/manage.htm