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Loyola University eliminates bottled water sales

CHICAGO (AP) -- Loyola University in Chicago is ridding its campus of bottled water.

School officials say bottled water will no longer be sold anywhere on campus starting in 2013.

A referendum was passed by students last week to phase out bottled water sales and reduce the university's environmental footprint. Students launched a year-long campaign to eliminate bottled water sales and draw attention to water conservation.

Officials say the goal of the campaign was to address issues of local water privatization and fair access to water globally.

Officials also report that Loyola's administration has supported bottled water elimination efforts on campus. They've distributed reusable bottles, installed 35 bottle refill stations at locations around the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses and implemented water conservation projects in buildings and on campus grounds.