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.
An Iowa City mother of three has started a new business to reduce the waste caused by bottled water.
After realizing the negative impact bottle waste has on out environment, Swan decided to start Thirst Station. Her business produces purified water dispensers that require the consumer to provide their own bottles.
The Thirst Station’s purified water costs 40 cents, while other options such as flavored water cost up to $1.
Currently, Thirst Station’s are available in elementary, middle and high schools in Solon, and in the Iowa City School District administration building.