Op Ed: Drink Tap Water, Not Bottled Water!

Attention new students: Cornell tap water is safe to drink...

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 President Skorton uses a refillable water bottle. Don't you want to be as awesome as he is?
President Skorton uses a refillable water bottle. Don't you want to be as awesome as he is?

By Joseph S. Spivak '16, Major: Communications, Sustainability Communications Intern

Drinking bottled water is unsustainable and harms the environment, with 80% of plastic water bottles thrown away rather than being recycled. But YOU, the Cornell student, can help!

It takes the equivalent energy of 1/4 of the water bottle full of oil to manufacture and transport it!

Don't buy plastic, single-use water bottles. Instead, fill your reusable water bottles with fresh, clean Cornell drinking water! (Your free Take Back the Tap bottles work quite well). Cornell tap water is clean and safe to drink; in fact, Cornell tap water is held to far higher standards than that bottled water you were about to waste $2.50 on. Not only is tap water safer and cheaper, but you'll feel good knowing you're helping the environment.

There are drinking fountains all over campus, along with plenty of handy refilling stations designed for reusable water bottles. So keep it sustainable, Cornell. Take Back the Tap! 

http://www.sustainablecampus.cornell.edu/initiativeus/take-back-the-tap

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