Take Back the Tap

We're building a movement of campus communities that are committed to moving beyond bottled water and defending our public resources.

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.

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across 5 local campaigns

Campaigns (5)

  • Pittsburgh
    Take Back the Tap! : Chancellor Gallagher
    Drinking water should be safe, accessible and affordable for all. Clean water is a basic human right and a public service, not a corporate commodity. Tap water is a better choice than bottled water, for many reasons: -Bottled water is thousands of times more expensive than tap water. Compare $0.002 per gallon for most tap water to a range of $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon for bottled waters. -Bottled water hurts the environment. After millions of barrels of oil are used to produce and ship plastic water bottles, 75% of them land in the garbage or our waterways instead of the recycle bin. We wouldn't ask for a ban on bottled water without also assuring safe municipal drinking water. Privatization of municipal drinking water is a threat because: -Previous privatization efforts of the PWSA, such as Veolia in 2012, have proven unsafe for Pittsburgh water. Cost cutting efforts by the French corporation have been cited as contributing to past lead spikes. -Privatization promises lower rates and more efficient management. However, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner claims rates have proven to go up, and Corporate Accountability International claims that any savings by a private water company translate to profit for the owners and not lower rates for the customers.
    152 of 200 Signatures
    Created by Alyssa Martinec
  • Hayward
    Take Back the Tap!
    Drinking water should be safe, accessible and affordable for all. Clean water is a basic human right and a public service, not a corporate commodity. Tap water is a better choice than bottled water, for many reasons: -Bottled water is not safer than tap water. In fact, the federal government requires more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water. -Bottled water is thousands of times more expensive than tap water. Compare $0.002 per gallon for most tap water to a range of $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon for bottled waters -Bottled water hurts the environment. After millions of barrels of oil are used to produce and ship plastic water bottles, 75% of them land in the garbage or our waterways instead of the recycle bin.
    46 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Vanessa Cha
  • Williamsburg
    William & Mary: Ban the Bottle
    Drinking water should be safe, accessible and affordable for all. Clean water is a basic human right and a public service, not a corporate commodity. The United Nations recognized this right in Resolution 64/292 in 2010 and striving to realize this right is incredibly important. Tap water is a better choice than bottled water, for many reasons: - Bottled water is not safer than tap water. In fact, the federal government requires more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water. The EPA tests tap water several times a day while bottling facilities are only required to have their bottles tested if they are sold out of state lines and are then only randomly tested in much smaller quantities, as the FDA is the agency overseeing this industry. - Bottled water is thousands of times more expensive than tap water. Compare $0.002 per gallon for most tap water to a range of $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon for bottled waters. This is not economically sound for anyone, especially for college students. - Bottled water hurts the environment. After millions of barrels of oil are used to produce and ship plastic water bottles, 75% of them land in the garbage or our waterways instead of the recycle bin.
    4 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Kyle Parker
  • Albuquerque
    Take Back the Tap! : Chaouki T. Abdallah, President of UNM
    Drinking water should be safe, accessible and affordable for all. Clean water is a basic human right and a public service, not a corporate commodity. Tap water is a better choice than bottled water, for many reasons: -Bottled water is not safer than tap water. In fact, the federal government requires more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water. -Bottled water is thousands of times more expensive than tap water. Compare $0.002 per gallon for most tap water to a range of $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon for bottled waters -Bottled water hurts the environment. After millions of barrels of oil are used to produce and ship plastic water bottles, 75% of them land in the garbage or our waterways instead of the recycle bin.
    37 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Bethany Peterson Picture
  • El Paso
    Ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles : Student Government
    Drinking water should be safe, accessible and affordable for all. Clean water is a basic human right and a public service, not a corporate commodity. Tap water is a better choice than bottled water, for many reasons: -Bottled water is not safer than tap water. In fact, the federal government requires more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water. -Bottled water is thousands of times more expensive than tap water. Compare $0.002 per gallon for most tap water to a range of $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon for bottled waters -Bottled water hurts the environment. After millions of barrels of oil are used to produce and ship plastic water bottles, 75% of them land in the garbage or our waterways instead of the recycle bin.
    272 of 300 Signatures
    Created by Carlos Vargas