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Cornell student assembly to ban sale of bottled water on campus

The Cornell Student Assembly passed a resolution Thursday to phase out bottled water sales on campus.

Resolution 35 was presented by Take Back the Tap — a campus group devoted to the issue — with support from other student organizations and administrators such as Kyu Whang and Kent Hubbell ’67.

Although several S.A. members voiced concerns about logistics, most agreed with Resolution 35’s sentiment and said they admired the current progress.

Some S.A. members expressed fear that the University may charge students to make up for lost revenue from bottled water sales and the costs of structural changes to tap water systems.

Kristen Loria ’11, a member of Take Back the Tap, said that even if the cost per student was as high as $65, buying bottled water would still cost more over time.

Another concern was limiting choices for students who might not want to forego the convenience of bottled water. Some noted during the discussion, however, that the resolution would not prevent students from buying bottled water off-campus.

“Bottled water has many severe social, environmental and economic problems,” K.C. Alvey ’12, vice president of Take Back the Tap said in reference to a global water crisis.

Read the full story at the Cornell Daily Sun.

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