Iowa’s colleges and universities are working to reduce the use of bottled water on campus. Many schools have recently installed water fountains designed to refill water bottles (i.e. there’s enough space under the water fountains’ spouts to fit most water bottles).
At the University of Iowa, free water bottles were handed out to students who signed a pledge to not use bottled water.
Some schools have even contemplated eliminating bottled water from vending machines, but this is difficult to enact due to vendor contracts.
Among the schools to install water bottle friendly fountains are University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Kirkwood Community College and Mount Mercy University.
Read more about the bottled water reduction efforts from The Gazette here.