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Two more universities have joined the wave of campuses that won’t be selling bottled water anymore.

Vancouver Island University recently pledged to promote access to public water and stop selling bottled water by the end of the school year. At the University of Toronto, students and workers are also celebrating their administration’s decision to end bottled water sales.

Students and workers at both universities campaigned for better access to public water as the safe, affordable and environmentally sound alternative to bottled water.

Across the country, 15 campuses have chosen to increase access to public water and stop selling wasteful, overpriced bottled water. Instead, there’s a growing move to install new drinking fountains and taps to fill reusable bottles.

The campuses join 85 municipalities, seven school boards and the provinces of Nova Scotia and Manitoba that are committed to protecting and promoting public water and take action on bottled water.

Last year, CUPE helped organize Bottled Water Free Day as part of the Back the Tap coalition, which includes the Polaris Institute, the Canadian Federation of Students, and the Sierra Youth Coalition.