In Spring 2012, the Wesleyan Student Assembly passed a resolution requesting the removal of bottled water from all vending machines, campus dining establishments, and department offices. Subsequently, Wesleyan ceased the sale of bottled water in campus-operated eateries and vending machines and replaced departmental water coolers with water filtration systems.
The tap water on campus is clean and safe to drink. The primary reason that water filtration is used on campus is for taste reasons. The City of Middletown's annual Water Quality Report (2012) indicates that Middletown's water is within compliance for all tested contaminants.
Recognizing that access to clean, sufficient, and affordable drinking water should remain a basic right, Wesleyan has adopted the following initiatives to provide water to the campus community:
- Water bottle filling stations and drinking fountains are available across campus. We are currently updating our list of locations and investigating new locations for bottle filling stations, so check back for updates.
- Water filtration stations are available in nearly every office on campus.
- In 2012-3, the Sustainability Office, Center for the Arts Feet to the Fire Initiative, College of the Environment, and Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship co-sponsored a student competition to design a portable filtered water station for use at outdoor events. The Wishing Well debuted at Reunion and Commencement 2013 and has been a great success.
- Reunion & Commencement is bottled water free. Last year, University Relations and the Sustainability Office purchased reusable water bottles for distribution and sale during R&C, eliminating the need for over 6,000 disposable water bottles.
Don't have a reusable water bottle? They can be purchased at Usdan and Pi Cafés, Cardinal Technology Store, and the Wesleyan bookstore. Don't forget to bring your bottle with you!
Please contact the Sustainability Office with any questions or to suggest a new location for a water bottle filling station.