Wither Water You?
Students weigh in on their choices for drinking water at CHS
By Talia Wright
The water jugs are a slightly better alternative than the old (fountains), however, the water is not kept cold and so the water gets warm and warm water is not very tasteful."
Let me tell you a story. It all started one fine day at Canterbury High School with one of the three things students don’t want to hear:
1) They have homework.
2) There’s no Wi-Fi and
3) There's only two working water fountains.
Yes, the school only has two working water fountains on the main level and one in the cafeteria. The second floor does not have any working water fountains due to construction that has been ongoing since summer.
I asked some students at Canterbury this question: What was your reaction when you needed a drink of water and couldn’t find any working water fountains on the second floor?
A Canterbury grade 11 student, Jenna Alli, expressed her thoughts and feelings on the construction of the water fountains. “My first reaction to this situation was to question why there were no water fountains. I’m sure many students do not think about this as an issue, yet it is one question that I have thought about every time I needed a drink of water on the second floor. My second reaction was evidently to proceed to the closest water fountain I saw fit, which was the main floor fountains.”
Another student, Sara Zak in grade 11, commented that she never really noticed the water fountains since she always has her trusted water bottle on her at all times. “I’ve always drank from my water bottle, so I didn’t really even notice there weren’t any working fountains on the second floor.”
Walking around the school at lunch, I’ve noticed that the majority of CHS students have already had or brought filled water bottles to school since the construction. I decided to ask this important question to some fellow students: Do you bring a water bottle to school now since the construction?
Mustafa Agha, a grade 11 student at Canterbury, had mentioned that he does indeed bring a water bottle to school since the construction. “Yes I do bring a water bottle, since the good fountains are usually far away from class. If I don’t want to keep leaving class, I just have to bring a water bottle with me.”
Jenna Allis’ response to the question was a lot similar to Mustafa Agha.
“Since the construction, I have personally brought my own water bottle. For the very reason that I feel like it saves time between educational periods & retains focus rather than having the hassle of searching for water in the school. Having my own water bottle does not only mean I can remain in class, but also helps the environment.”
There are currently three different sources of drinking water in the school: newer fountains that dispense directly into a water bottle, old water fountains and even older-looking plastic water dispenser systems with wood panelling decor.
Many students have their different preferences on which water source is great to get water at. Asking "Which water fountain do you like most?" mostly everyone had a different response.
“I have had the pleasure of trying all three types of water sources & I will say that I have enjoyed the new ones the most," Jenna said. "The overall design of them is very appealing to the eye as well as the drinking quality is superior compared to the old ones & the water jugs. With the old ones, I do not feel as safe drinking from there as the physical design does not seem as hygienic as it could be. Therefore, I judge it as not quite up to par. The water jugs are a slightly better alternative than the old ones, however, the water is not kept cold and so the water gets warm and warm water is not very tasteful."
“The water fountain I like the most is the new ones because it’s always cold and you’re able to fill up your water bottle by putting it in front of the sensor,” Mustafa Agha mentioned.
Sara Zak responded to liking the water jugs more than the new ones and the old ones.
As every story must end, a new one shall open. The construction of having no water fountains available on the second floor may not be the first thing a CHS student wants to hear but it does beat having homework.