Reduce, Reuse, Refill

Water to Go Bottle Refill Station
100 refill stations like this will soon be installed throughout Santa Clara County. Photo credit: Santa Clara
County Public Health.

Soon it will be easier than ever to ditch single-use plastic water bottles in Santa Clara County.  A new program announced last week called “Water to Go” will install about 100 water bottle filling stations throughout seven Santa Clara cities.  These stations will increase access to safe, clean tap water for residents throughout Santa Clara County and make re-use and re-fill even more convenient.

Single-use plastic water bottles require significant amounts of oil to produce, fossil fuels to transport, and only 13% end up in the recycling stream.  Sadly, we see a lot of plastic water bottles in our creeks and wetlands during our habitat restoration and cleanup events.

The movement to do away with single-use plastic water bottles is starting to gain some momentum nationwide.  Last December, the University of Vermont became the first public college to restrict the sale of bottled water, and in January Concord, Massachusetts became the first American town to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles altogether.

The tactic picking up steam in the Bay area is to encouraging re-use by making free refill stations more accessible and convenient.  Local college campuses, the City of San Francisco, and SFO International Airport have already installed refill stations.  The “Water to Go” program will place stations in San Jose, Campbell, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Gilroy, Los Altos Hills, and Santa Clara.

We hope this trend continues so that residents throughout the Bay area have the ability to refill conveniently.  In the meantime, it’s up to you.  Make a commitment to ditch the single-use plastic bottle and remember to bring your re-usable bottle.

Slap a free “For The Bay” sticker on your re-usable bottle to show your Bay pride!