New study suggests installing drinking water stations at community sites may increase water consumption by rural California communities with unsafe drinking water
Approximately 300 California communities have public water systems (utilities) that provide tap water that does not meet safety standards. In these communities, residents must purchase bottled water in order to have safe drinking water.
Agua4All, a cross-sector partnership with funding from The California Endowment, tested the installation of water bottle filling stations dispensing safe water as a means to help communities access quality tap water. Tap water, even when filtration is used, is less costly than bottled water.
In one of the first studies to look at how promoting and increasing access to safe drinking water in communities with non-potable drinking water impacts community-level water consumption, community sites in Kern County, California received new, public drinking water bottle filling stations.
Download two new resources from the University of California, San Francisco to provide you with evidence-based strategies to help your community promote the consumption of water instead of sugary drinks in schools, child care facilities, parks, clinics, and other community-based sites.