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Bring your own bottle

The water bottle filling stations on campus provide an easily accessible source of water for residents. Instead of purchasing a new bottle of water and contributing to such a costly and environmentally harmful industry, residents should use the water bottle filling stations in Graham.

Water bottle filling stations in Graham Hall

Bottled water requires millions of barrels of oil and releases thousands of tons of carbon dioxide every year for production and transportation purposes. Americans purchase and drink 29 billion bottles of water every year, and about 80 percent of those bottles are not recycled and end up in landfills. Because in many cases bottled water isn’t actually safer than tap water, and because the plastic in bottled water may potentially pose health risks, using a reusable water bottle is one of the simplest choices we as consumers can make to reduce our environmental impact.

The water bottle filling stations around campus were installed as part of SCU's Water Bottle Free initiative during the summer of 2011.

For more information about SCU's water conservation efforts, visit the Water Conservation page on the sustainability website.

Read more about Water Use in Graham Hall.