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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

New drinking fountain helps save planet

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City College student Tony Gonzales, undeclared, fills his water bottle from the new drinking fountain. Photo by Dianne Rose | Staff Photographer | [email protected]

After practice and fitness classes, many dehydrated students can be seen refilling their water bottles under the vertical spout of the new eco-friendly drinking fountain near the cafeteria.

What’s different about this drinking fountain is that it keeps track of every ounce of water consumed, calculating how many plastic water bottles have been saved, according to EZH2O fountain company. As of Feb. 24, the number reads over 7,700.

According to City College Director of Operations Greg Hayman, the new drinking fountain was installed at the beginning of last August, and the college plans to have the next eco-friendly drinking fountain installed in the new Student Services Building, which is scheduled for completion in early 2015.

“The ultimate goal was two-fold: to provide the campus a convenient way to refill water bottles as well as reducing the total number of plastic bottles in [the] waste stream,” said Hayman.

National Geographic published an article in May 2012 by Charles Fishman stating that in 2011 the United States sold 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water. That’s 29.2 gallons of bottled water per person, the highest ever sold in the country, according to sale totals from Beverage Marketing Corp.

Many college campuses are trying to not only help students save money but help the ecosystem by limiting the amount of water bottles used, according to USA Today.

“The total cost of a new high-low [drinking] fountain with the bottle filling station is about $2,000, including purchase price and installation,” Hayman said. “The college decided to pay for it because the installation could benefit all students and staff on campus. This was an appropriate expenditure of institutional funds.”
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To focus on a new eco-friendly future, Hayman said that City College would like to have a couple more of these drinking fountains on campus in addition to the one planned for the Student Services building, but no official plans have been made at this time.

“While no other [drinking] fountain is planned besides the one in Student Service Building, the new [drinking] fountains are an institutional expense that will be installed and replaced accordingly,” said Hayman.

City College strives to expose students to a new way of rehydrating. The school hopes to encourage the use of personal water bottles instead of buying the water bottles at the cafeteria, according to Hayman.

“I like the concept,” said Jessica Maciel, a fitness student and athlete at City College. “I would use them to fill up my water bottles. I would want more near the library and near the counseling center.”

The general-consensus among students who have used the new fountain is that they expect it to benefit the student life on campus.

“The [drinking] fountains are pretty cool,” said Carissa Browncoats, a student of Dannie Walker’s Trim and Tone fitness class. “I wish we had more around the school. The regular [drinking] fountains are unsanitary, and the water tastes horrible. The water from the [new fountain] tastes a lot better.”

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