Since the inception of the “I ♥ Tap Water” campaign, 813 students, faculty, and staff (as of this month) have taken the pledge to make tap water their beverage of choice, says Trish Ratto, manager of UHS’s Health*Matters, the campus’s wellness program for faculty and staff. Ratto adds that 80 percent of those people are using refillable water bottles, quenching their thirst from sources across campus — from water fountains to departmental kitchen sinks.
“We’re trying to address health and sustainability by reducing the consumption of caloric beverages and encouraging people to drink more water,” says Ratto. Tap water, she says, is a good choice, not least because it’s free and healthy. More on the hydration station.