Sugary drinks are a major contributor to the increasing rates of diabetes and heart disease. With our country already spending $190 billion per year treating these preventable diseases, we must address the problem.
This year, California Governor Jerry Brown approved his final 2016-2017 budget with $9.5 million allocated for school filtration systems to ensure California students, particularly those living in low-income communities or areas of acute water shortage or contamination, have access to safe drinking water.
The investments included in the budget will provide safe drinking water for more than one hundred thousand California students. For many students who live in small, low-income communities impacted by unsafe drinking water, school is the only option for access to free, fresh drinking water, which is essential to health and educational attainment