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OAES, Portland Water District Promote Tap Water for Health

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OAES, Portland Water District Promote Tap Water for Health
Posted on 08/30/2017
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Ocean Avenue Elementary School is partnering with the Portland Water District to encourage students and staff to drink public water as a healthy option to satisfy thirst. The tap water provided by the water district is considered some of the best in the country.

Last year, the school won a grant from the water district to install a water-bottle filling station at the school. This week, at the school’s Aug. 29 Watermelon Social back-to-school event, the water district provided 450 reusable water bottles to students, which they can fill up with water anytime they’re thirsty. The school also plans to actively encourage drinking tap water and will have displays around the building designed to help students make healthy choices when it comes to selecting the right hydration.

“Our motivation is to have healthier students and staff,” Principal Beverly Coursey said. “We are mindful of the district wellness policy, and we have been a 5-2-1-0 School since we opened Ocean Avenue.” Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program that supports healthy behaviors where children learn, play and grow.

Coursey noted, “Since we have put in our water filling station last April, we have filled 6,563 bottles of water. Not only is this helping us drink water, it is also keeping plastic out of the landfills." The school's PTO also is assisting in the healthy hydration initiative.

Portland Water District spokeswoman Michelle Clements said, “Tap water is a safe and a more affordable option then bottled water.” The water district’s drinking water meets or surpasses all federal and state requirements for safe water.

Clements said Ocean Avenue is the only PPS school to receive a water-bottle filling station grant of up to $2,000, but other schools may apply. The application deadline is Oct. 31. To apply, go to: https://www.pwd.org/water-bottle-filling-station-grants