School Water Fountains
The EPA suggests that any school built before 1986 (32 years old) is at high risk for lead in drinking water. The average age of schools in the United States is 44 years old. Most schools do not update their fountains – this puts most school water fountains at high risk for contamination.
It’s time we update our school water fountains and make our kids water safe and COOL in school!
Due to budget constraints, many schools do not have adequate funding to replace old, outdated fountains. Many of these fountains contain risks to student health.
Tap Water Watch is working with schools to provide the latest filtered water bottle filling stations and reusable bottles for students resulting in safe, clean drinking water containing no harmful byproducts resulting in more time in class.
Simply put, kids are happier and healthier when they are hydrated. However, 54% of students test below the minimum daily water intake. Studies consistently show that keeping kids hydrated results in better behavior and performance in school.
Tap Water Watch testing data (>11,000 schools) shows elevated levels of lead in 56% of schools tested.
Younger students oftentimes put their mouths on drinking fountains, which transfers germs and results in missed days of school.
Missed Class Time:
When a student needs to leave the classroom to get a drink from a fountain, he/she can be a disturbance to the class and miss valuable class time.
Hard for students to refill reusable bottles from a traditional fountain.
Almost two-thirds of children in the US consume at least one sugary drink on any given day – and roughly 30% consume two or more per day resulting in weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cavities and high cholesterol.
Approximately 60 million plastic water bottles are used every day in the US, with over 18 billion ending up in a landfill each year. Each bottle can take up to 700 years to decompose.
Purchasing bottles of water is expensive for both students and staff.