Private companies are bottling up our most essential resource and selling it back to us at thousands of times the cost, depleting local water supplies, polluting our waterways with plastic waste and contributing to climate change in the process. Students running Take Back the Tap campaigns are rejecting bottled water on their campuses and leading the fight to protect our essential water resources for current and future generations. Over 70 colleges and universities have passed full or partial bans on bottled water, and over a hundred more have taken important steps to improve access to public tap water by installing filling stations on their campuses and advocating for tap.
The interactive map below displays college campuses nationwide that have either full or partial bans of bottled water. Food & Water Watch defines a full ban (marked in blue) as one in which bottled water sales are banned at all campus locations, including dining facilities and vending machines. A partial ban (marked in green) is one in which bottled water sales are banned in certain locations, or the university or student government has been banned from using its funds to purchase bottled water for certain events, but the sale is not banned on the entire campus.