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News Release: Environmental leaders urge attendees to bring refillable water bottles to events

Posted on August 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Wendy Long

Environmental leaders urge attendees to reduce, reuse plastic, bring refillable water bottles to festivals and events in Uptown Normal 

Normal, IL – Aug. 27, 2021 – The Town of Normal Cultural Arts Department, Illinois State University’s Office of Sustainability and the Ecology Action Center (EAC) encourage festival and event attendees to bring their own reusable water bottles to festivities in Uptown Normal this fall. 

The Town, Illinois State and the EAC are partnering to provide free water to attendees via WaterMonster dispenser tanks which allow attendees to easily fill reusable water containers.

“We want to help people reuse and reduce plastic products,” says Beth Whisman, director of Cultural Arts for the Town of Normal. “The Town of Normal’s water is safe, clean and more regulated than bottled water. Using a WaterMonster conserves water and reduces waste. It’s also very convenient for our visitors.” 

Illinois State, the Town and the EAC have tested the new containers over the summer with plans to unite during larger outdoor events such as this weekend’s Sweet Corn Circus.

 “Our partnership is committed to the health and sustainability of our community,” says Elisabeth Reed, director of the Office of Sustainability at Illinois State. “Offering this option via the WaterMonster is good for the community and the environment. It’s one more step toward our mission to integrate best practices into every corner of our Redbird community to educate and inform.” 

WaterMonster locations 

For festivals and events in Uptown Normal this fall, attendees can find WaterMonster dispensers near/around three key locations: 

• Midpoint along North Street, 

• Near Uptown Station, and 

• Beside the Children’s Discovery Museum.

 “Our Uptown businesses provide many fun reusable bottle options for sale,” reminds Michael Brown, executive director of the EAC. “We are working together to make a lasting impact on our environment by eliminating plastic whenever possible.” 

Uptown outdoor events planned for the fall include Sweet Corn Circus Aug. 28-29, Make Music Normal Sept. 10-11, Day of Play Sept. 25 and Sugar Creek Arts Festival Oct. 9-10. 

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