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Admin Quenches Thirst for Filtered Water Fountains

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One of the new water bottle filter in the CHS art hallway.

One of the new water bottle filter in the CHS art hallway.

Edward Owusu

Edward Owusu

One of the new water bottle filter in the CHS art hallway.

Arielle Ruiz, Reporter

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Most students at CHS tend to avoid the public water fountains due to concerns over cleanliness and taste. However, the addition of a brand new, filtered fountain for water bottles will help encourage more students and staff to drink more water at school.

Principal Edward Owusu had the idea to get water bottle filters; he had seen them at Poolesville HS and asked to look into the possibility of getting some for CHS. Owusu wanted these filters because he thought it would be a good addition to the school as a recycling effort and for the student interest.

“I believe that the new fountains are a great addition to CHS,” business administrator Claudette Eader said.

As a recycling effort at CHS, Eader and Owusu both contributed toward obtaining the filtered water bottle systems, which were installed late in fall semester. The new filter system allows students use them as often as they want while saving the amount of bottles bought and thrown away. Students often bring water bottles of their own for gym or for classes so the system saves them the hassle of buying water bottles and having to awkwardly position the bottles to use the older water fountains.

Eader spoke to administrators at PHS, and then ordered and contacted the MCPS maintenance. Thanks to building services personnel who installed the filters, students are now able to drink and refill their water bottles with clean filtered water.

This new water bottle filter creates a way to show students and teaches that there are different ways to help save the environment and to recycle. The system saves students from throwing away their empty bottles and getting more and more while throwing them all away after, now students can just refill their bottles and reuse them which reduces the amount of bottles thrown away. The filter saves bottles and keeps a count of how much are saved with each use, more than 1,000 have been saved and continue to increase as students refill bottles.

The system “allows students to become more aware of our environment, and recycling, and also water consumption,” Muzanila said.

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