Water Bottle Filling Stations
Plastic water bottles are expensive, can deplete water sources in local communities, take a lot of energy to create and transport, and last in landfills for over four hundred years. Toronto tap water on the other hand is affordable, local, low-waste and tasty!
To support schools in curbing plastic water bottle consumption, EcoSchools created a reusable water bottle refill program to provide select schools with water bottle refill stations. This project will help schools move from landfill to refill.
New Standard for schools:
In early 2021, the TDSB received COVID19 Resilience Funding to bring all schools up to a standard of 1 bottle filling station for every 250 students. From November 2020 to early August 2021, the TDSB plumbing team replaced over 800 drinking fountains with a water bottle filling station/fountain, at 479 schools. Increased funding from the TDSB and the Federal government as a result of COVID19 Public Health measures in our schools enabled staff to complete about 20 years of work in only 10 months.
Requesting Additional Stations:
Principals can use their school funds* to replace an existing drinking fountain with a filling station but must first get confirmation from Business Services that they have adequate funds to cover the costs. Once Business Services has given approval the Principal can submit an FS Work Request Form for a new station.
* Fundraising can no longer be used to purchase water bottle filling stations.
Fixing broken fountains:
Caretakers can submit a Notification to fix broken fountains.
If you have any questions about the stations in your schools please contact, Jenn.Vetter@tdsb.on.ca