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Students are tap of the class in water campaign

Glasgow Clyde College partners with Scottish Water

New partnership promotes hydration

Glasgow Clyde College has teamed up with Scotland’s public water provider to boost awareness of the benefits of drinking from the tap among students and staff at three sites across the city, Cardonald, Anniesland and Langside.

It’s the first partnership between a further education establishment and Scottish Water since the launch of the national Your Water Your Life campaign.

The campaign aims to encourage people to top up with Scotland’s tap water in refillable bottles – helping to protect the environment by reducing waste, as well as highlighting the health and money-saving benefits.

Drinking water points in the three campus locations provided by the college will feature the Your Water Your Life campaign visuals.

The college is already flying the flag for sustainability across the Further Education sector by removing single use cups from circulation at its Cardonald campus and introducing a reusable alternative. This partnership is another key step on their sustainable journey.

Together, Scottish Water and the college are urging the 17,000 students and 1100 staff, to carry a refillable bottle and top up with fresh, clear Scottish water at the tap at 47 hydration points across the three campuses.

Speaking at today’s launch at the Langside Campus, Andrew Walker, Head of Communication at Scottish Water, said: “The opportunity to team up with a forward-thinking, dynamic further education establishment like this is a simple but effective way of reminding students and staff to stay hydrated. In doing so, they can unlock the benefits of being environmentally sustainable as well as boosting performance in their studies and work.

“We’re delighted the college provides water points for students and staff. We’re doubly delighted we can team up and promote Scotland’s clean, fresh drinking water and the use of refillable bottles as part of our Your Water Your Life programme.”

The college will continue to raise awareness of the campaign across each campus and digital channels throughout the academic year. Jon Vincent principal of Glasgow Clyde College, said: “We’re working hard to reduce our use of single use plastic at the College, and we actively encourage our students and staff to bring their reusable bottles and top up from our refill points. This partnership will remind us all to take advantage of the great drinking water we have on tap in Scotland.”

The NHS recommends that for a healthy hydration we drink 6 to 8 glasses of water day, Both the college and the Water Utility hope that this collaboration will further raise the awareness of benefits from taking advantage of the readily available tap water which is located at top up points throughout the three campuses.

Scottish Water and Glasgow Clyde College aim to continue to remind students to bring their refillable bottles to college, ensuring they can stay hydrated and alert throughout the day  reducing waste and recycling. They will be doing this though various initiatives and campaigns across social media and on campus.

Scottish Water launched the Your Water Your Life campaign in June 2018. A network of public Top up Taps is being rolled out across the country encouraging people to stay hydrated on the go.

To find out more about Your Water Your Life go to: https://www.yourwateryourlife.co.uk/

Top image shows L-R students - Sissa Rasmussen, Kushnoon Ahmed, Shazade Ahmed and Lauren Jackson