A new law requiring schools in California to have free drinking water available in cafeterias is awaiting the signature of Governor Schwarzenegger, who is likely to sign it since he sponsored it. The bill is Senator Mark Leno’s SB1413 and says “a school district shall provide access to free, fresh drinking water during meal times in the food service areas of the schools under its jurisdiction.” The Governor should sign immediately.
Apparently, around 40% of all schools in California don’t have drinking water available for students at lunch. High-quality fountains or modern “hydration stations” should be installed in every school cafeteria immediately — good ones that chill the water, perhaps have filters, and can be used for drinking directly or refilling cups and reusable bottles.
At Drinking Water Fountains US, we have many schools who purchase fountains from us, and know the benefits of having such an easy way for children to stay hydrated and hopefully avoid turning to sugary drinks. It saves money, it helps the environment and it helps to preserve the health of our children.Google+