We are challenging you to do these best practices every day. Choose actions that work in your setting: school, home or workplace.
Put water in your wellness policy. Points = 500
Add specific water-related language ensuring access to free, clean and safe drinking water throughout the childcare or workplace day
For examples of model school wellness policy language see Model Wellness Policy Language for Water Access in Schools
Check on tap water safety. Points = 500
Download and read the following guide from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to learn about how to assure tap water safety in your facility: Drinking Water Best Management Practices for Schools and Childcare Facilities Served by Municipal Water Systems.
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Educate about drinking water. Points = 500
Dispense water the child-friendly way, throughout the day. Points = 1000 each
The Child Nutrition Act requires access to water throughout the day. Here are some popular user-friendly approaches for the childcare setting:
Put child-sized pitchers on the table and offer cups so children can pour their own water. Providing a vessel near a water source allows students to take more than just a sip or two at a time, increasing overall consumption.
Station an Igloo-type cooler for water access outside along with cups and/or reusable water bottles.
Provide each child with a re-fillable water bottle
Fill it at a sink with child-friendly taps and stepstool OR a bottle filling station.
Store reusable water bottles at school and clean bottles regularly. Keeping reusable water bottles at school overnight decreases the likelihood that the bottles will be lost.
Teach bottle hygiene to parents and professionals. Reusable bottles must be properly cleaned and fully air-dried at least once per week to prevent development of odors or bacteria. See page 51 of Water Works: A Guide to Improving Water Access and Consumption in Schools to Improve Health and Support Learning.
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