Water Bottle Reuse Station

In the summer of 2012, Luther installed 11 water bottle fillers around campus. The purpose was to reduce the usage of single-use plastic water bottles and keep them out of the waste stream. Money for the purchase of the fillers came primarily from the deferred maintenance budget and the Towers remodel budget.

The fillers make it easy and encourage students, faculty, and staff to drink filtered water from a reusable bottle instead of purchasing and discarding plastic water bottles every day. The locations of the fillers was determined by traffic in the area as well as visibility.

  • Plastic bottles take 700 years to begin composting
  • 90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the bottle itself
  • 80% of plastic bottles are not recycled
  • 38 million plastic bottles go to the dump per year in America from bottled water (not including soda)
  • 24 million gallons of oil are needed to produce a billion plastic bottles
  • The average American consumes 167 bottles of water a year
  • Bottling and shipping water is the least energy efficient method ever used to supply water
  • Bottled water is the second most popular beverage in the United States

For specific information about the fillers purchased, click here.

Data is collected weekly based on the number of fills recorded by the counter attached to each filler.