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New water fountains in U Centre create a splash
Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2012 2:13 PM
Several water fountains at the U of M have been upgraded to act as bottle filling stations.

The state-of-the-art EZH2O units are located in University Centre and aim to reduce waste from disposable bottles and paper cups as well as support sustainability on campus.

“We are excited about the new water fountains installed in University Centre as they not only provide students with a clean and accessible water source, but also increase the environmental awareness regarding water issues,” said Camilla Tapp, president of UMSU.

The new drinking fountains include a counter which displays a calculation of how many plastic bottles have been saved by their use.

The EZH2O fountains will eventually be seen throughout the campus and will be installed when any fountain needs replacing.

How does the refurbishment of water fountains fit into the sustainability initiatve currently underway? Maire McDonald, sustainability coordinator, explained.

“Universal access to clean drinking water was raised repeatedly during consultation for the sustainability strategy,” she said.

“When UMSU asked about improving accessibility to some U. Centre fountains, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to address a host of issues: accessibility, the right to clean, potable water and reducing our waste.”

The water fountains came as the result of the cosmic alignment of desires. First UMSU and ancillary services wanted to install new water fountains because the old ones did not meet accessibility requirements. At the same time, McDermott was putting in a requisition to have the EZH2O fountains be the new standard when replacing old ones.

It is worth noting, she said, that providing access to fresh drinking water is one of priorities outlined in the draft sustainability framework. This draft framework is still up for review and anyone within the university community can head to the sustainability website to read the complete draft framework strategy and submit their comments and ideas.

The sustainability committee is wrapping up consultation for the strategy so the university community can look forward to even more sustainability initiatives soon!” McDermott added.

The final strategy is scheduled to be released sometime in the next few months.
Find the sustainability website at the link below.
For more information, contact:
Lindsay Stewart Glor
Client Relations Coordinator, Internal Projects
Marketing Communications Office
Phone: (204) 474-9368
Related Links (Internal):
  •Sustainability at the U of M