By Momo Mckamey
The increasing plastic problem in the world continues to grow. According to Ban the Bottle, Americans used 50 billion plastic bottles last year alone, but only one in five are recycled. Santa Rosa High School’s very own ecology club helped out with this increasing issue by encouraging the school administration to install new water filtration fountains around campus, making filling up reusable water bottles easier and more accessible.
The fountains have been a long-time effort for the club. Senior class president and Eco club member Emily Wong says, “I remember we…talked about them in my sophomore year as well… two years ago and I’m so glad that they got implemented.” Eco club decided to talk to the SRHS administration who also recognized the importance of pursuing ecological sustainability. “I felt that the administration last year were really adamant in putting [the fountains] in as well as us. As long as the administration was on board with it…we didn’t really have any obstacles.”
The growing trend of insulated, reusable, metal water bottles such as Hydro Flasks, and Swell bottles as well as plastic Nalgene bottles makes these stations even more convenient and necessary. The water fountains are equipped with sensors that allow students to fill their water bottles with greater efficiency. Although the new water fountains are here at SRHS, it’s a step in the right direction in solving our global plastic problem.