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Enter to win a free water bottle from Cupanion!

Brandeis will be reducing the amount of bottled water available for sale at some retail locations on campus as a sustainability initiative this semester. We're giving away Cupanion water bottles to help you access our clean, safe, healthy water that's already available for free across campus in our dispensers, water fountains, bottle fillers, and sinks!


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About our water

Tap water on campus is healthy and safe to drink, whether from a water fountain or a sink.

The tap water on campus comes from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. MWRA's water comes from the Quabbin Reservoir, about 65 miles west of Boston, and the Wachusett Reservoir, about 35 miles west of Boston. MWRA tests over 1,600 water samples per month, from the reservoirs all the way to household taps. Annual and monthly test results are posted on

How the MWRA Water System Works 

The MWRA treats water using the same processes as bottled water, including ozone and ultraviolet light, as well as additional methods such as chlorine as a residual disinfectant, and fluoride for dental health. 

Additionally, Brandeis tests its own water multiple times per year to ensure quality. 

Did you know?

Single-use bottled water on campus costs about $11 per gallon, whereas tap water costs the university only 3 cents per gallon.

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