Hydration stations help prevent waste

October 23, 2012  

Hydration stations

This hydration station in Harrison Hall is one of 18 installed in Purdue's residence halls (Photo provided)

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Hydration stations -- or residence hall drinking fountains that also accommodate the refilling of water bottles -- have saved more than 140,000 plastic bottles in their first year of use.

Eighteen hydration stations are installed throughout Purdue's residence halls. Several were installed in late 2011, and the most recent one was installed this August. Hydration stations have been installed in residence halls when existing water fountains required replacement.

"Housing and Food Services has taken the lead on the installation of water bottle refilling stations, giving our students more options fin their beverage choices," says Michael Gulich, Purdue's director of sustainability.

"Using hydration stations is a great way to reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills. We're proud to include hydration stations in Purdue's effort to make the change to more environmentally friendly practices."

Hydration stations measure the number of plastic bottles saved using embedded counters. The total number of bottles saved since August 2011 -- when the first hydration station was installed -- is 145,856.

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