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PUBLIC DRINKING WATER POLICY ON TAP AT A FOUNTAIN NEAR YOU

by Evelyn Wendel and Lisa Kaas Boyle
The public drinking fountain is the ultimate delivery tool to hydrate the public. Unfortunately, this simple, elegant device has been neglected and fallen into disrepair, displaced by ubiquitous reliance on single-use, plastic-bottled water—with alarming consequences for the environment, human health, and economic justice. While most municipal water agencies in The United States provide some of the world’s best quality tap water, the future of public drinking water is threatened by poor infrastructure investment, inadequate pollution management, and corporate control over natural resources. Climate change further jeopardizes our precious water resources, all while a growing and increasingly urban population requires increased hydration to survive hotter temperatures.

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