Not all California schools provide good drinking water, study says

Monday, May 19, 2014

“Schools have made great strides in reducing availability of sugar-sweetened beverages, yet ensuring excellence in drinking water access in schools is still an area of significant need,” according to the researchers from UC San Francisco, the California Food Policy Advocates and ChangeLab Solutions in Oakland.

“Although historically some states did specify that a certain number of [drinking fountains] be available for a certain number of students, there was generally no guidance regarding the location of those fountains,” the researchers wrote in the American Journal of Public Health.

Kids, parents and staff often have complained that the drinking fountains are not clean, not working or are dispensing unpalatable water. But some recent efforts to provide water in portable coolers or other dispensers seemed to get kids to drink more water, the researchers said.

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