The great UAA fountain crawl
Regular TNL readers know water is probably one of the best, greatest drinks in existence. It’s cool, refreshing, healthier than other soft drinks and a basic necessity for life. So then comes the question of where to get it.
UAA has many plentiful sources of water, but they’re not all worth tapping into. As a result, I took it upon myself to journey across our campus to find the best sources of water for students.
My benchmark was a glass of ice water from the Cuddy Cafeteria. This and Subway are probably the best sources of water at UAA, but they’re not always convenient sources. So without further ado, let us begin the crawl!
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES BUILDING, Rating: 2/5
The fountains here are a tad warm, with a faint metallic, fountainy taste. Maybe they’re ideal in a pinch, but it’d be healthier and far more refreshing to grab a Smart Water from one of the vending machines on the first floor.
SALLY MONSERUND BUILDING / EUGENE SHORT HALL, Rating: 3/5
I grouped these together because they’re both similar: They still have that distinct, fountainy taste, but they’re a touch chillier than the PSB, making them a more refreshing choice.
RASMUSON HALL, Rating: 3/5
The water here is warm but thankfully lacking in taste. I’d imagine the fountains here are much healthier than the other fountains in the west quad.
WELLS FARGO SPORTS COMPLEX, Rating: 2/5
Fountains here are very similar to the SU’s fountains in that they’re very poor. But they’re a bit cooler, thanks in part, I think, to the chillier atmosphere of the WFSC in general.
STUDENT UNION, Rating: 1/5
Subway notwithstanding, this is probably the worst place on campus to get water from a fountain. The water is quite warm and has that strong taste that the worst fountains are infamous for. Stick to Subway if you need water here.
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, Rating: 4/5
This is one of the better — if not more obscure — sets of fountains on campus. The water is quite cool, and the distinct fountain taste is very, very faint. It’s very refreshing after the long walk from the Student Union.
NATURAL SCIENCES BUILDING, Rating: 5/5
Next to the parking garage, this is also a distinct area thanks in part to the Brita water station sitting right next to the fountains. The Brita fountain is great but is limited to water bottles. Thankfully, the normal fountains don’t disappoint either, being really cold with next to no taste.
SOCIAL SCIENCE BUILDING, Rating: 2/5
The fountains here are a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, I’d say they might just be the coldest fountains on campus, which makes them a convenient counterpoint to the Kaladi Brothers just across (which charges a small fee for water). Unfortunately, the fountain taste hits like a truck almost immediately. It’s refreshing after a long walk from the other side of campus, but if you can, jump for a drink from Kaladi’s instead.
ADMINISTRATION / HUMANITIES BUILDING, Rating: 4/5
There’s literally only one fountain in this building, and it’s hidden well upstairs. Thankfully, the search was worth it. The taste is nearly nonexistent, and the water is quite chill. That puts it almost on par with the Natural Sciences Building’s fountains, but its obscurity makes it a bit of an inconvenient stretch. It’s worth the effort, though.
ARTS BUILDING, Rating: 3/5
My crawl came to an end at the Arts Building, where the water was underwhelming. It’s cold and refreshing, to be sure, but the taste is still noticeable, even if it’s not as much as, say, the SSB. Worth it after a long journey, to be sure, but not ideal.