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Your THON Water Fountain Etiquette Guide

Let’s talk about water fountains.

If you’re at THON 2022, odds are you have a trusty reusable water bottle with you. Heck, an empty water bottle is the only outside food/drink that you’re allowed to bring in. So, you’re going to pay the water fountains quite a few visits and wait in those painfully long lines.

Do us a favor and read our THON water fountain etiquette guide so you’re cued in on the dos and don’ts.

Fill No More Than Two Bottles At A Time

While it may seem like a nice gesture to ask a bunch of your friends if they need their water bottles filled, save the kindness for another time. The lines are long enough, and no one behind you wants to wait several minutes for you to fill up your five water bottles.

The person in front of me filled four water bottles around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and it was a mess. By the time she was done, the line had to be extended by at least five to 10 people. Just wildly inconsiderate, honestly.

Limit The Conversations & Move Fast

When you go to fill up your water bottle, only one thing should be on your mind. Get your high-quality H2O and head back to wherever you came from. Pay attention to where you are in line, go with the flow, and don’t be that person that holds up the line because you’re talking to someone or daydreaming.

Remember, you can talk to your friends at literally any other time during THON. Do the right thing!

When You’re Done, Move Aside

Along the same lines as the previous tip, just keep moving. Once you finally make it to the front of the line and fill up your bottle, don’t just stand there and mope around. Get the hell out of the way so the person behind you can hydrate. It seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised about how many unaware people you’ll see just blocking traffic.

Be Sanitary (Please)

Now, if you take one thing away from this post, let it be this. In a building full of thousands of people, paired with the fact that COVID-19 still exists, it’s crucial that you’re sanitary and considerate of others.

If you don’t have a water bottle, and you’re just going up for a sip of water, make sure you don’t put your mouth on the faucet. You don’t want anyone else’s germs, and we know damn well no one wants yours. We hate to be captain obvious, but it has to be said.

When filling your water bottle up, avoid touching any part of the water fountain with the part of your bottle where your mouth goes. It’s little things like this that go a long way in keeping everyone healthy and safe.

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Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a senior majoring in journalism and is suddenly Onward State's managing editor. He grew up in Lindenhurst, New York, and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his bad sports takes, follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

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