Making Water 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Due to budget constraints, many schools do not have adequate funding to replace old, outdated fountains.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 partners with schools on the Making Water COOL in School initiative that provides free filtered water bottle filling stations to schools.
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.
Older, traditional fountains do not allow students to easily refill bottles.
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.
Tap Water Watch brings peace of mind back to the Tap. We are the only nationwide team of water professionals that focuses on detecting lead in drinking water, enabling customers to visualize their data and remediate any issues. Water samples are analyzed in a state and/or NELAC certified water testing laboratory. Tap Water Watch works hand-in-hand with utilities, schools and homeowners to ensure safe, lead-free drinking water.