Water is one of the Earth’s most valuable resources, and although may seem plentiful, it is limited. 70% of Earth’s surface is composed of water, but 97% of this is ocean water which is too salty for human consumption. Fresh water is clean and pure, but 2% of this water is frozen in glaciers or ice caps, which leaves only 1% for the nearly 7.4 billion people living on this planet.
To maintain large universities such as Stevens, millions of gallons of water are used and wasted through the use of showerheads, toilets, faucets, and grounds maintenance. Stevens is committed to water conservation and has taken several initiatives to conserve water on campus, most notably through the implementation of water bottle filling stations on campus.
Campus Water Bottle Filling Stations
Stevens has installed several water bottle filling stations in academic buildings, residence halls and athletic facilities to encourage water conservation around campus. These stations replace existing water fountains, but continue to function as a water fountain while also providing a space to fill reusable water bottles. Each fill station has a number counter to measure the number of disposable plastic water bottles avoided. More than 50,000 bottles of water have been diverted through the use of these stations since the installation in the summer of 2015. Funding for the water bottle stations came from the Campus Life Committee at Stevens.