Be Smarter, Drink Water Campaign
Be Smarter, Drink Water
is a collaborative campaign between the City of Richmond, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS)
and the Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative (BBK)
to improve access to tap water in Richmond, CA.
The goal of Be Smarter, Drink Water
- Evaluate the drinking tap water in Richmond
- Educate on tap water safety and benefits
- Increase the number of healthy policies in local organizations
Together, these partners are working to:
- Appraise drinking water options in schools, parks and community settings
- Conduct community education about the benefits of drinking tap water
- Seek input from community members to install at least five water bottle "hydration stations" across the community
Water Quality Testing
EBMUD has begun testing water quality at pilot sites, Chavez Elementary and Peres Elementary. EBMUD has met with students, parents and school staff to explain the testing process and ensure transparency. We will publish the results as they are ready and share them with the community. Our goal is to help the community understand the high quality and safety of Richmond tap water. Special thanks to EBMUD for their assistance in the process.
Drinking Water Week May 5-11
The City’s Be Smarter, Drink Water Campaign collaborated with the project’s two pilot schools, Peres and Chavez Elementary Schools, to promote and educate kids on tap water’s safety and health benefits during national Drinking Water Week. A highlight of the program was working with young people, led by an EBMUD water quality manager, to build their own water filtration systems and learn hands on how our high quality water is transported and cleaned. The Be Smarter, Drink Water Campaign
will include installation of “hydration stations” to fill reusable water bottles at schools and other community sites among other activities to increase knowledge and accessibility to clean, healthy tap water.
Click the photos below to here what youth have to say about changing their drinking habits: