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Water Bottle Filling Stations in Schools

Put Water within Reach
for Louisiana Students

The Issue 

Water plays an important role in maintaining a child’s overall health, such as regulating temperature, protecting sensitive tissues, transporting nutrients, and ridding the body of wastes. Drinking sufficient amounts of water can have many health benefits, such as reduced dental cavities and maintaining a healthy weight. Yet, most children and adolescents do not consume enough water. 

Water bottle filling station

States can improve drinking water availability to ensure that all kids, no matter where they live, have access to free, clean drinking water in school. Studies show when water bottle filling stations are installed in schools, students nearly triple how much water they drink at lunch time. Plus, the likelihood of kids in those same schools being at an unhealthy weight is greatly reduced.

Drinking enough water may also improve  a child’s performance in school and has been shown to help with reasoning skills and short-term memory. It also can help with visual attention and fine motor skills, making it easier for children to learn what they are reading.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC now encourages staff and students to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains. Water bottle filling stations and personal water bottles may help reduce the spread of germs and disease.

The Association Advocates

During the 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session, the AHA urges state legislators to pass House Bill 132 by Rep. Vincent J. Pierre. The bill would ensure all newly constructed schools and schools undergoing major renovations install water bottle filling stations. 

Join Us

We welcome all Louisianans to advocate with us in support of greater access to water bottle filling stations in schools. Together, our stories and outreach can make a difference for our students. Pledge to advocate with us today!

Also, sign up for our 2021 Digital Day of Action on April 27 when we plan to gather online as a You're the Cure community, asking legislators to support House Bill 132, Water Bottle Filling Stations in Schools. 

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