Water Works: A Guide to Improving Water Access and Consumption in Schools to Improve Health and Support Learning
The Water Works implementation guide can help interested individuals work with schools and community partners to increase access to free, high-quality drinking water sources in their schools. It provides a comprehensive description on how to start a school water program, including how to: 1) build a team and gather support for the program; 2) test water quality and remediate problems; 3) choose a water delivery option; 4) conduct promotional activities and implement policies to sustain the program; and 5) monitor progress and make improvements. The guide provides policy- and program-based strategies to improve access to water throughout the school day. It also provides ideas, materials, and resources to help increase water consumption in schools.
Published: March 2014
ID #: 70410
Authors: Grummon A, Hampton KE, Oliva A, Brindis CD, Patel AI
This study aimed to examine the efficacy and cost of two water delivery systems—water dispensers with cups and water coolers with cups—in increasing students’ lunchtime intake of water in lower-income middle schools. Twelve middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area participated in a cluster randomized control trial in which … More
The objective of this study was to describe where students from lower-income, ethnically diverse communities obtain the sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) they drink during school lunchtime and to examine whether students who purchase beverages while traveling to and from school are more likely to drink SSBs during lunchtime. This cross-sectional study … More
Federal and California state legislation requires schools to provide free drinking water where school lunches are served, yet many schools in California do not provide free water in school food service areas (FSAs). When water is provided, it is usually provided via fountains which may be unappealing to students, and … More