More Water Refill Stations Keep Campus Hydrated
Student government approves additional installments
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 00:12
Water makes up 80 per¬cent of the human body. However studies show that around 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
According to the Mayo Clinic, to stay adequately hydrated the average person needs to drink nine to 13 cups of water per day.
To help achieve this, NDSU has begun installing water bottle refilling stations. The idea is the work of a few student senators who originally thought up the idea for the project last year.
At the time though, it did not have the necessary sup¬port to come into being and the idea got shelved.
That was not the end of the filling station project however. Over the course of this year, the project received some more work. Student government polled student opinions regarding the creation and location of the stations.
This time around the surveys indicated 94 percent of students polled were in favor of the stations.
Student senator Chris McEwen, a graduate student in Applied Statistics, commented on how the location was being left up to the NDSU students.
“We did a survey,” McEwen said. “Over 900 students responded and out of those responses the Wellness Center was the most popular choice.”
To start the project off, two filling stations were installed in the Memorial Union.
The stations provide a way for students to consume more water while also helping cut down on waste caused by plastic bottles. Additionally, the stations help NDSU save costs of water waste.
After witnessing the success of the stations, NDSU student government approved the installation of additional stations. On Nov. 24, the vote was unanimous in favor of adding two more stations.
In keeping with the opinion of the students, the project was set to add the new stations to the Wellness Center as soon as possible.
Student Body President Robbie Lauf agreed with the opinion of the students.
“I think the reason why the Wellness Center was chosen (was) because of the workout aspects, that is where mainly people bring their water bottle,” Lauf said. “It is a very good location for the convenience of use. The fountains see lots of use, especially during the late afternoons. It definitely helps maintain the flow of traffic of people using the water fountains.”
The funding for the stations has been approved and cleared. The project is currently in the installation phase. Soon, students will have filling stations near the Wellness Center entrance and the locker rooms in addition to the one already present on the second floor.
The new stations will offer added convenience for students looking to stay hydrated during their workout. The additions to the drinking fountains will be well appreciated.
“The project has been very popular with all the students I have talked to,” McEwen said.
Another vote will come before the student government regarding additional filling stations. This Sunday the student government officials will decide on adding two more stations.
According to the survey, students were also in favor of placing a filling station in Minard Hall and another downtown in Barry Hall. Each station would be located near the coffee shops of their respected buildings.
If the proposal passes, students may see the new fillings stations sometime soon next semester.
“If all goes well we will get the ordering process hopefully done over Christmas break,” McEwen said. “I am hoping to see it done within two to three months.”
The addition of future filling stations on NDSU’s campus will depend on the demands of students.
“I think we will see after the success of the first few filters if there is need for more on campus,” Lauf said. “You never close the door to a good opportunity for more plans, but I think at the moment this is all we are looking for right now.”