Bottled water ban starts at UVM

BURLINGTON (AP) - The University of Vermont is resuming classes with its new ban on the sale of bottled water on the Burlington campus.

UVM has converted campus water fountains to bottle filling stations

UVM officials said the school is the first public university to ban the sale of bottled water while 22 private campuses have made the move.

A major complaint about bottled water is the fossil fuel resources needed to produce and fill the bottles. Statistics compiled by the group Food and Water Watch say that in 2007 bottled water production used between 32 million to 54 million barrels of oil a year to produce and transport bottled water. And about 75 percent of those bottles are never recycled, the school claims.


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