Jun 19, 2013 2:16 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Staying hydrated is essential in this weather, but, it can often come at a heavy cost to the environment.
Its been estimated that more than 7 billion pounds in material used to make water bottles hit the landfills each year.
Now students at A & M Corpus Christi can help curb that number with newly installed hydration stations that also count their own success with a so-called green ticker. It's a tally that shows how many 16 ounce bottles each station has saved.
"2,775 bottles have been prevented from going into the environment," explained Student Government President Evan Paret. He pushed the idea through student government because of his passion for Environmental Science.
Ever since crews installed it at the Islander Welcome Center, its been a hit.
Miranda Trevino simply brings a plastic cup to work and has a healthy, green way to keep that cup full.
"I think it tastes a little better," she said about the filtered water. So do thousands of other students and visitors on campus. There are a total of 4 on the Texas A & M Corpus Christi campus.
In all, they've saved more than 16,000 water bottles from being trashed.
While saving the environment is always nice, other students really enjoy the savings on their wallet. "Its great, I like the one in the other building too, its really convenient, saves me a lot of money and it tastes good," said one student who dashed into the Islander Welcome Center to fill her bottle.
Paret hopes to get more hydration stations across campus and who knows, maybe we'll start seeing them in other places too.