Water in Schools
According to a recent survey at least 40 percent of responding school districts reported to not have access to free drinking water for students. In response to this statistic and the need to promote healthy beverage options in schools, Governor Schwarzenegger sponsored legislation (SB 1413)(link to legislation) that was signed into law in 2010 that requires schools to make free, fresh drinking water available to students during meals.
California Food Policy Advocates with funding from the California Obesity Prevention Program of the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a web-based tool kit for educators, school districts and advocates to help comply with the new law.
Water Woes: Recommendations for Creating Healthier School Environments
This policy brief describes the school water situation in the North Coast region of California. The lack of appealing or free water sources on these campuses poses a barrier to students who want to drink more water and fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.