Free Drinking Water in Schools

Water Revolution

Water Revolution

All public schools in Warsaw are to be fitted out with fountains, ensuring clean drinking water for children. The goal is to provide pupils with a healthy alternative to sugary beverages, commonly sold in vending machines, without forcing them to carry the extra weight of bottled water in their backpacks. “We want to encourage children to drink tap water, which is beneficial for their health,” says Marta Widz of the Centre for Social Communication (CKS). Most children in the Polish capital city have no access to free drinking water at school. This is about to change, as the city has assumed responsibility for providing free and safe drinking water to its youngest residents. Depending on water quality, schools can obtain fountains either with or without filters on taps. The filters are installed whenever there is a risk of contamination from old pipes which affect the otherwise good water quality in Warsaw. By the end of 2017, the “Water in Schools” project will reach more than 220,000 pupils and school employees in 548 schools run by the city. The estimated cost of implementing the changes is PLN 1.1 million.
Gazeta Wyborcza

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