January 31, 2020

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.

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January 8, 2018

Building on nearly a year of community listening and behavior assessment in tribal communities the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation’s Water First! Learning Community cohort met for the fourth time last fall to share action plans to reduce sugary drink intake and increase safe drinking water consumption and/or promote breastfeeding.

The NB3 Foundation has awarded grants to eight tribes and Native-led organizations in Arizona and New Mexico. Each grant provides financial support and regular cohort meetings, which are intended to provide a learning community that allows grantees to support each project with feedback and resources.

The grantees focused on brainstorming and sharing ideas on their respective projects during the Arizona meeting. Grantees shared plans to install hydration stations in schools and parks, develop and disseminate culturally-relevant educational materials, engage youth as water champions, and more. Click to read about all the projects. The cohort will meet a...

August 15, 2017

Standing in front of the June 2017 John Swett Unified School District School Board meeting, teens from John Swett High School (JSHS) in Crockett, CA advocated for the need for hydration stations in their school. This was the culmination of Project 4-H2O, a Youth-Led Participatory Research Project conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in Contra Costa County.

Earlier in the year, an environmental scan of JSHS revealed that while there were eight water fountains throughout the school, some did not work properly and some did not have sufficient water flow, making access to water a challenge. Recognizing the need for research-based information to address this issue, the teens developed a survey to assess students’ beverage consumption habits and access to drinking water at school.

They collected and analyzed data from more than half of the student body. The survey data revealed that although 90% of students said water was their first choice of beverag...

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