1 million plastic bottles kept from landfill thanks to U of L, Louisville pure tap® partnership

Back to school looks a little different for University of Louisville students this fall. In years past, Louisville Water employees handed out reusable Louisville pure tap® bottles to students during freshman move-in day—reminding families to stay hydrated while toting boxes in the August heat, and introducing our newest Louisville residents to our great tasting pure tap®. But Welcome Week festivities had to be modified this year with staggered events and social distancing limiting in-person activities.

To help new students orient themselves in a socially distanced way, the university put together a scavenger hunt highlighting important locations around campus and featuring a hydration message from Louisville Water.

At the campus sustainability office’s Garden Commons, participating students received a pure tap® bottle and were tasked with filling up at a bottle fill station as part of their hunt. With fifteen Louisville Water branded bottle fill stations throughout the campus, students have plenty of options to #filldrinkrepeat!

For years, UofL’s sustainability office has partnered with Louisville Water to minimize single use plastics on campus and together have kept over one million plastic bottles from ending up in a landfill. Louisville Water will continue these efforts throughout the new school year and look forward to connecting with students again at the Campus Sustainability Festival in October.