Take Back the Tap fundraises for water access in"Tap-a-polooza" campaign


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Audra Flores (left) and Tim Minotas (right) table to collect pledges for Tap-a-polooza in the Charles V. Park Library on Friday, March 18. | Photo Courtesy of Tony Guizar

Today is the final day to donate for Registered Student Organization Take Back the Tap's "Tap-a-polooza" campaign for public water access on campus.

Port Huron senior Tony Guizar is the president of Take Back the Tap. He said the RSO's goal is to raise $1,500 by 2 p.m.

“(Take Back the Tap) believe(s) that water is a basic human right and should not be sold as a commodity," Guizar said."The environmental and health risks associated with single use plastics is too high.”

In order to win they must have more pledges that any other campaign. Students can sign the pledge by texting “I <3 Tap” to 69866 and respond with their campus email when they get a reply from the number.

Gaylord junior Alanna Johnston, a general member of Take Back the Tap, became more involved with the RSO this past semester. A personal goal of hers, as well as the organization, is to eventually get Central Michigan University to ban the sale of single use water bottles on campus.

“Single use water bottles are bad for the environment, in terms of how they’re made and where they end up. (They are) all around a pollution magnet. Not to mention the chemicals used to make the plastic often leach into the water that you drink,” Johnston said.

Liz Bradshaw, assistant professor of sociology, became the advisor for Take Back the Tap this past fall semester. She said the RSOs has used "numerous creative strategies" to raise awareness of the environmental harms caused by bottled water and to end its sale on campus.

“I am very excited to be working with the dedicated and passionate students involved in (Take Back the Tap) and am confident that (student members) will continue to make strides in their campaign (to end the sale of single use water bottles),” she said. 

For those who would like to get involved with Take Back the Tap’s campaign, their meetings are every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Anspach 151.

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