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It is now widely understood that single-use bottled water is bad for the environment and bad for your wallet. Here are a few sobering statistics that highlight this:

– The production of water bottles uses 17 million barrels of oil a year, and it takes three times the water to make the bottle
as it does to fill it.

– Of the 30 billion plastic water bottles sold in the United States in 2005, only 12 percent were recycled.

– Over $100 billion is spent on bottled water a year globally.

Many accuse the bottled water industry of manufacturing demand by declaring a war on tap water. Ironically, almost half (47.8%) of bottled water is derived from tap water. Is it a coincidence that Evian spelled backwards is naïve? Tap water is EPA regulated and undergoes strict quality testing. Whereas bottled water is subject to far less testing and reporting requirements.

In the past, colleges and universities have consumed a lot of bottled water. Now, they are at the forefront of taking a stand against bottled water waste and expense by installing water bottle filling stations and banning the sale of bottled water on campuses. This bottled water ban spans more than just a few major universities across the nation.


One of our local State universities – University of Vermont – was among the first to institute an initiative to ban plastic water bottles. Students at UVM are now thankful to have Bottle Bright to clean their reusable water bottles. 

Here is a list compiled by Ban the Bottle of schools that have banned bottled water, or at least the sale of it. Way to go students!

Albany High School- California
Arvada West High School- Colorado
Belmont University- Tennessee
Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School- Canada
Bishop University- Canada
Brandeis University- Massachusetts
Brandon University- Canada
Brown University- Rhode Island
Central Michigan University- Michigan
College of St. Benedict- Minnesota
Concordia University- Canada
Cornell University- New York
Dartmouth College- New Hampshire
DePauw University- Indiana
Drake University- Iowa
Emerson College- Massachusetts
Evergreen State College- Washington
Fashion Institute of Technology- New York
Fleming College- Canada
Georgian College- Canada
Green Mountain College- Vermont
Gonzaga University- Washington
Hampshire College- Massachusetts
Harvard University- Massachusetts
Humboldt State University- California
Lake Tahoe Community College- California
Loyola University- Illinois
Macalester College- Minnesota
Memorial University of Newfoundland- Canada
Mount de Sales Academy- Georgia
Mount Shasta City- California
Muhlenberg College- Pennsylvania
Princeton University- New Jersey
Queen’s University- Canada
Ryerson University- Canada
Sacramento City College- California
Seattle Central Community College
Seattle University- Washington
St. Mary’s College- Canada
St. Michael’s College- Vermont
St. Norbert College- Wisconsin
Trent University- Canada
UC Berkeley- California
University of Buffalo- New York
University of Guelph- Canada
University of Nevada, Las Vegas- Nevada
University of Ottawa- Canada
University of Toronto- Canada
University of Vermont- Vermont
University of Winnipeg- Canada
University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point- Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Madison- Wisconsin
University of Portland- Oregon
Vancouver Island University- Canada
Vanier College- Canada
Vassar College- New York
Washington University- Missouri