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Update: BCHS cafeteria to feature new Vero Water station

Filed in BCHS, District News by on August 21, 2018

This story was updated on August 22, 2018:

As the beginning of the school year gets closer, BC’s Food Service Department has been working on a cool and refreshing way to keep students hydrated while maintaining its commitment to going “green.”

In 2018-19, the high school cafeteria will feature a Vero Water station that will allow students to fill a water bottle with chilled still or sparkling water. The new filtered water system is intended to reduce the amount of single-use plastic water bottles that enter the environment. In 2017-18, the high school sold nearly 14,000 bottles of water at a cost of $1 each.

“The new water dispenser is intended to cut waste and provide students with a similar product at a lower cost when they visit the cafeteria,” said Food Service Director Allissa Eiser.

All students will be able to fill their water bottles with the Vero still water for free in the cafeteria. Sparkling water will cost $0.75 per fill. An additional $0.25 will be charged if students want to add flavoring to the still water. Sparkling water will be $0.75 with or without added flavor.

Eiser said the district is hoping to add the flavor station so students can choose flavors such as pineapple and lime – made of 100% real juice – to add to their water.

To encourage the use of this new system in the cafeteria, the BC Green Team has purchased BPA-free plastic, reusable water bottles with the BC logo on them for the incoming Freshman students, which they will receive at Freshman Orientation on September 5.

“We are looking forward to the addition of the Vero Water station at BCHS and we are hoping that it leads to a decline in our students’ sugar-sweetened beverage consumption,” said Eiser.

In addition to adding the new water station, the Food Service Department has been working to reduce harmful waste by eliminating the use of styrofoam district-wide, switching from plastic to eco-friendly wooden coffee stirrers, and limiting food waste through repurposing and composting unused food. 

Please note: All water fountains in the high school are fully operational and are in full compliance with NYS testing regulations. The district has also installed water bottle filling stations in various locations throughout the building that are available to students at all times.