Take Back the Tap

Take Back the Tap

"Taking back the tap" means reclaiming a more economical, ecological, equitable, and healthy way to drink water. Drinking bottled water is bad for your pocket book, bad for the planet, and sometimes bad for people too. Due to advocacy by the Sustainability Committee, student groups and others, Lane has "Taken Back the Tap" and stopped selling bottled water at the cafeteria, bookstore and in vending machines. To date, 276 Lane students and employees have signed the ledge to "Take Back the Tap" and not drink bottled water. 

persong using bottle filling stationEconomy: 

Bottled water costs more per gallon than gasoline. Bottled water costs as much as 10,000 times more than tap water.


Bottled water contributes to the estimated 3 million tons of plastic debris floating on the sea surface in the North Pacific. The production of bottled water releases over 2.5 million tons of global warming gas, carbon dioxide.

bottled water wasteEquity:

Purchasing bottled water contributes to the production of greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution, and the depletion of the earth's oil reserves. Do you want to leave your grandchildren with a warmer, more polluted planet?


The Eugene Water & Electric Board's water quality is truly extraordinary. Due in part to it's pure source, the McKenzie River, nearly 200,000 EWEB water consumers are getting some of the cleanest, tastiest water on the planet. So good, in fact, that Organic Style magazine has named EWEB's water the best in the nation. Water coming out of Lane Community College's tap is healthy too. A 2011 study of tap water in all of our buildings found that all common tap water contaminants were either not detectable or below maximum contaminant levels.

Short Mountain landfill
Short Mountain Landfill in Goshen, Oregon

The bottom line - Take Back the Tap! Refuse to purchase bottled water!