You may have noticed the various bottle refill stations popping up around campus – in Dwinelle, in Hearst, and in Wurster. Many of these these stations exist thanks to grants from TGIF like Installation of Water Bottle Refill Stations and Fountain Retrofits and the work of campus staff Trish Ratto (Tang Center) and Brian Joseph (PP-CS).
With improved access to tap water, students are less likely to buy single-use water bottles and more likely to invest in reusable bottles. The project began with TGIF grants in 2010 and 2011, which funded the Design Guidelines for Installation of Bottle Refill Stations in Existing Buildings and Installation of Bottle Refill Stations, installing in a total of six refill stations and two water fountain retrofits.
But a little more on tap water: in many parts of the country it is unsafe to drink the tap water. For example, a 2001 study found high levels of cancer causing agents from industrial and refrigerant waste in the Los Angeles aqueduct. However, the tap water on campus comes from the Mokelumne River watershed in the Sierra Foothills, where it undergoes rigorous testing and quality checks to meet federal and state levels. Continue reading