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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Students Fighting for Water Fountain

Bruce Grey | by Robyn Garvey  

Catholic students have asked the School Board to install high tech water fountains.

A group of Catholic students in Grey Bruce are on a mission to curb the use of disposable water bottles.

The students have asked the Bruce Grey Catholic School Board to install a high tech water fountain at both Sacred Heart and St. Mary's high schools.

Each fountain costs 16 hundred dollar, and includes a water filtration system, a spot to refill reusable water bottles and a sleeker cleaner look.

Student spokesperson Megan Schlorff says many students buy bottled water because they don't want to drink out of the current school water fountains.

She says the older models are perceived by students to be dirty and full of germs.

Schlorff says a new high tech water fountain could change this perception and encourage students to use drink municipal water again.

She says it's important the Catholic Board do what it can to discourage the use of disposable water bottles.

After all, she says bottled water places a huge stress on the world's water supply.

And Schlorff notes the large amount of fossil fuels used to create, package and ship the bottles and the millions of bottles that end up in landfills every year.

The Catholic Board is going to consider the request during budget deliberations.


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