Drops in a pool of water

Water at Montclair State

MSU's Water

Where does the University’s water come from?

We have two water providers:

  • The Montclair Water Bureau provides water to all of the buildings on our main campus.
  • New Jersey American Water provides water to all of the buildings along Clove Road.

Why buy when you can get free filtered water?

You don’t need to buy bottled water on campus. Hydration stations (water fountain + bottle filler) have been installed in most buildings on campus and we encourage you to carry a reusable bottle to stay hydrated while you’re here.

Join Montclair State’s Fill it Forward campaign to provide clean water to those in need every time you refill your bottle.

Find a Hydration Station

Check the map or use the list below:

Building Name Number of Hydration Stations
Abbott & Costello Center 1
Ben Samuels Children’s Center 2
Blanton Hall 3
Bohn Hall 16
Center for Computing & Information Science 8
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences 2
Dinallo Heights 2
Freeman Hall 7
Kasser Theater 5
Life Hall 4
Machuga Heights 2
Panzer Athletic Center 5
Richardson Hall 9
Russ Hall 1
Schmitt Hall 2
School of Business 12
School of Communication & Media 3
School of Nursing and Graduate School 4
Science Hall 6
Sinatra Hall 6
Sprague Library 1
Stone Hall 2
Student Center 4
Student Recreation Center 2
University Hall 8
Webster Hall 1


Learn about bottled water and why you don’t need it

Glass being filled with water

Worried about water quality?

Read the water quality reports from our providers to learn the specifics:


Water Conservation

Montclair State University has several strategies for reducing water consumption:

In Our Buildings

As part of our Green Building program, all newly constructed and renovated buildings are equipped with efficient plumbing fixtures.

Water-saving fixtures such as the waterless urinal started appearing on campus with the construction of University Hall in 2004. These urinals use Ecotrap which consists of a lightweight biodegradable fluid called Blue Seal. The liquid traps the odors and sediment drops to the bottom of the trap to help prevent the pipes from clogging. The waterless urinals do not overflow and have reduced water usage by 45,000 gallons per year for each urinal.

Additionally, many older buildings that are not scheduled for major renovations are being evaluated for fixture replacements to ensure that we conserve water, no matter the age of the building.

In Our Landscaping

Drought resistant and native plants are installed in the landscaping around all newly constructed buildings, eliminating the need to install sprinklers/irrigation systems to water the plants.

Studies & Projects

During the summer of 2019, Facilities sponsored a Green Team through the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies. Our Green Team completed a study of water usage in our residence buildings and determined that a large savings could be realized by replacing older faucet and shower fixtures with newer, more efficient models. Additionally, the team designed educational materials which would inform residents about water conservation and encourage them to reduce their consumption

They designed an experiment to be carried out in the buildings of The Village. This is a great location for experimentation as there are four identical buildings which can be used to test different methods and strategies. Working with Residence Life in January 2020, various combinations of education and new fixtures were put in place throughout the four buildings to see which combination works best to conserve water. We look forward to sharing the results as we collect a year’s worth of data to analyze.