Water Refill Stations

Bring your own reusable bottle to campus and fill up at a water-bubbler or water refill station - it's convenient and will help prevent single-use plastic water bottles.

Student in front of a water refill station with a reusable water bottle

The problem with bottled water

Bottled water is environmentally damaging, expensive and unnecessary, given that Australian tap water is safe to drink.

  • Plastic bottles are among the 10 most common rubbish items picked up on Cleanup Australia Day.
  • Australia recycles only 36% of PET plastic water bottles, meaning around 373 million of them end up in landfill each year.
  • Around 7 litres of water are needed to produce 1 litre of bottled water.
  • Plastic water bottles can take up to 450 years to degrade.
  • Australians spend more than $450 million on bottled water every year. What a waste!

Campus refill stations

There are water-bubblers and refill stations in all student and staff kitchens, and in various locations within campus grounds. The North Terrace cycling facilities map includes the location of all external water-bubblers.

Any reusable bottle is a better alternative to a disposable PET bottle. But stainless steel drink bottles are considered to be the best, as they're made from durable, lightweight materials and can be recycled at the end of their life.