Knox City, Texas — The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Communities Unlimited, Inc., the southern RCAP, and CoBank, will unveil the first of several new water bottle filling stations being installed in Knox City-O’Brien District schools as part of the Agua4All program, an initiative that began in California and is designed to improve drinking water availability in schools.
The new Agua4All Water Fountain/Bottle Filling Stations will be unveiled at 10 am CST Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at O’Brien Middle School with city and school officials, along with representatives from Communities Unlimited, CoBank and RCAP. Please join us as we show off the first of several new fountains slated for installation throughout Knox City and other rural school districts.
Staff members at the school said that the first water bottle refill station at O’Brien Middle School filled more than 100 water bottles for students in the first week alone, even before its official launch. The station is one of several being installed throughout the Knox City-O’Brien Consolidated Independent School District (ISD), as well as Eden ISD and San Saba ISD as part of this Agua4All Project.
Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the Western RCAP, launched the Agua4all pilot program in 2014 in California, and the team has installed more than 435 filling stations statewide. More than 500,000 gallons of potable water has been delivered to California students through this program. The California Endowment funded the program and provided support during the pilot period.
The new stations offer clean drinking water to students and offer an upgrade from the standard water fountains currently in the schools. They also offer a special dispenser to allow students to refill bottles. The new stations not only give students a chance to have more water during the day, but also help to reduce plastic waste.
“Agua4All is an initiative the RCAP network is proud to support,” said RCAP CEO Nathan Ohle. “There is no place more important than schools in ensuring that students and teachers have access to safe drinking water. The Agua4All program is vital to ensuring that students stay hydrated and drink less sugary beverages, preparing them to succeed in school, while contributing to the environment. We are excited to continue to expand the Agua4All program, and this is just the first step in what we hope is an expanded program in Texas.”
The Agua4All project in Texas has been made possible through direct assistance to the schools through Communities Unlimited and by a $25,000 grant from CoBank to RCAP.
RCAP is a national non-profit network providing opportunity, assistance, and practical guidance to small communities in all fifty states, U.S. territories, and tribal lands to ensure access to safe drinking water, sanitary wastewater disposal, and economic prosperity for all rural America. To learn more about RCAP, visit www.rcap.org.
Media Contact: Kinsey Brown