Some kids in an Oregon school district were caught bringing alcohol into their school using water bottles. Well, the school said “OK, no more water bottles in school.” While I agree that bringing alcohol into school is a problem, I’m not convinced that banning water bottles was the right solution. One student thought the same thing.
This kid took Q-tips and swabbed a handful of drinking fountains throughout the school and used them to grow cultures in petri dishes. He then did the same thing with one of the toilets in the school. The swabs from the drinking fountains were teeming with bacteria, far more so than the toilet.
There’s a little more to it than that. For example, they suspect that the toilet was so much cleaner because it’s regularly doused with strong disinfecting chemicals.
Anyway, they didn’t lift the ban on water bottles, but they have taken measures to keep the fountains cleaner, and some classrooms have made water available to students via coolers.