What have we changed?
We’ve installed nine free drinking water fountains in convenient locations and removed bottled water from sale.
Why have we changed it?
Bottled water costs around 500 times more than tap water and carries a high environmental cost too. Producing a one litre bottle itself uses up to seven litres of water as well as a quarter of a litre of oil. Despite this, 180,698 bottles of water were sold in the Union in the academic year 2007–08.
How have we changed it?
Alison Vernon put this idea forward in November 2008. Students voted in favour of it in a campus-wide referendum, and Communications & Internal Affairs Officer Laura McFarlane-Shopes began working to implement water fountains soon after, leading to the removal of bottled water from sale in Healthy Week 2010.
Nine water fountains installed in our building
Bottled water removed from sale
Bigger range of reusable bottles stocked
More water fountains across campus
This work relates to the following items of policy:
Should the Union replace bottled water in Union shops with free drinking water facilities?