Elementary students drinking form water bottle
Two students drink from their reusable water bottles during the launch event.

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), Dignity Health, The California Endowment and Le Grand and Planada school districts gathered at Le Grand High School’s gymnasium on Thursday, March 9 to celebrate the installation of 24 water bottle filling stations at sites on the elementary, middle and high school campuses.

The installations were part of the #Agua4All program, which promotes access to safe drinking water in rural California schools and communities. Students brought their reusable water bottles to the celebration. Refilling their water bottles at the stations helps them stay hydrated and reduces waste.

In an ABC30 interview, RCAC’s Chief Executive Officer Stanley Keasling stressed the value of the reusable water bottles, “That’s another important aspect of the program, is keeping single use water bottles out of the landfill,” said Keasling.

Read the full story and watch the video here: http://abc30.com/education/merced-county-schools-hope-new-water-fountains-improve-access-to-safe-drinking-water/1793623/