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Ban the Bottle! Skip the Styrofoam! Pack Your Polycarbonate (Nalgene)! These are more than just empty slogans around UC Berkeley, which has just taken additional steps to encourage students to frequent local water fountains on campus instead of purchasing plastic, disposable water bottles. The I Heart Tap Water Campaign is promoting reusable water bottles and is making it easier to use them. What's more, the university wants to make filling up even easier (faster) for students on the go and has installed two special "Hydration Stations" on campus.What's a "Hydration Station?" Located in the university recreation center, the two stations offer a refill service that is twice as fast as a regular water fountain. The system is also touch free, meaning a laser senses the bottle and fills it up - no chance of catching cooties here. This is just the latest green initiative by the recreation center, which also installed low-flow showerhead, efficient lighting, timers in rooms and uses recycled turf for the Underhill Field.
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