Case Studies

A number of case studies exist that illustrate innovative ways in which schools districts are promoting water access and consumption.

Spotlight Case Study

  • Parents can advocate for change at their children’s school. Here are examples of parents who connected, created and contributed to make a positive impact.
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School District Case Studies

Bellevue Union School District, Santa Rosa, CA

  • In the winter of 2010-11, the district, located in the northern San Francisco Bay Area, began installing drinking water stations in the lunch rooms at its four elementary schools. The stations consist of tall “glass-filler faucets” mounted on existing water fountains.
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Ceres Unified School District, Ceres, CA

  • The Ceres Unified School District leased water stations for three elementary schools in their district, located in California’s Central Valley. Based on student response, they decided to expand districtwide to all elementary schools.
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Earlimart School District, Earlimart, CA

  • In May of 2011, the Earlimart School District, located in California’s Central Valley, adopted a wellness policy with strong provisions around healthy beverages and water consumption that exceed many state and federal requirements.
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Fresno Unified School District, Fresno, CA

  • By the start of the 2011-12 school year, Fresno Unified plans to promote water consumption by placing “Igloo” containers and paper cups in all schools.
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Newark Unified Elementary School, Newark, CA

  • In Newark, CA, a community just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, the school food service director introduced an innovative way to serve water to kids during meals. Using cafeteria funds, he purchased beverage serving containers and cases of paper cups and filled the containers with water and sliced fruit from commodity funds.
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Oak Park Unified School District, Oak Park, CA

  • The Oak Park Unified School District, located in southern California outside of Los Angeles, installed hydration stations at all their school sites, consisting of 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 2 high schools with a total enrollment of about 4,000 students. The units were installed at cafeteria, gym, and library locations.
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Sanger Unified School District, Sanger, CA

  • Sanger Unified School District, located outside of the Fresno area, plans to comply with the new water requirements by setting up a Cambro, a refillable beverage dispenser, at each cafeteria site on a cart with disposable cups for the students. The district has already had this in place for their afterschool programs.
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Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Santa Barbara Unified School District began a pilot hydration project in 2010 with partners from the non-profit sector that has flourished going into 2012. This experience provides an example of a school district working creatively to improve the hydration of their students.
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Turlock Unified School District, Turlock, CA

  • The district, located just east of the San Francisco Bay Area, installed drinking water stations in some of its school cafeterias in 2011. The stations consist of a traditional water fountain combined with hydration station technology.
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Zane Middle School, Eureka, CA

  • Zane Middle School serves 700 seventh- and eighth-graders in Eureka, a small city near the California/Oregon border. A water station was installed in May after a group of students spent two years working on ways to improve drinking water access on campus.
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Additional Case Studies

Denver International Airport, Denver, CO

  • Is your school relying on water fountains? Then take a tip from Denver International Airport.
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