BELLINGHAM, Wash. -

Western Washington University will end bottled water sales on campus April 1.

The Bellingham Herald reports Western will be the largest Washington state college or university to ban bottled water sales, thanks to an initiative led by Students for Sustainable Water. The aim was to get people to turn to tap water.

Western students endorsed the ban in spring 2012, with 73 percent of voters in favor of asking the university to stop selling and distributing bottled water on campus.

Following the student initiative, a task force of students, faculty and university staff met to implement the measure.

Students for Sustainable Water at Western member Carolyn Bowie says sales of bottled water are harmful to the environment, in part because just 13 percent of the plastic bottles are recycled.