The Hoot | 23
Students Sami Berry, Amy Gangloff, Lacee Floyd, Rebekah Roe, Dr. Joe Kyger, Lauren Clawson, Dyllan Harper, Megan
Cooper and Olivia Neely from Kyger’s general chemistry class discuss their about the safety of Fulton’s drinking water and
the surprising results.
Photo courtesy of WWU)
Unlike tap water, bottled water is not required to
be regularly tested. This means that contaminants
could enter the water without the public’s
knowledge. Plastic toxins, for example, have been
linked to reproductive issues and cancer.
Even if a contaminant was found, bottled water
legally does not have to be recalled, and the
public doesn’t have to be informed.
Finally, it is cheaper to drink tap water versus
bottled water. Bottled water costs 1,000 times
more than tap water. Drinking two liters of tap
water a day only costs 50 cents per year.
To wrap up their project, the students hosted an
event on campus to inform the WWU community
of their findings. A poll taken at the end showed
that a majority of the audience was genuinely
surprised and convinced to start drinking
This was the first time Kyger had used project-
based learning and he was pleased with the
result. He also found the experience as a whole to
be extremely rewarding.
It was one of the best experiences I’ve had at
Photo by Kim Wall