TCWN’s Community Health Programs Director Speaks at the Water & The Environment Policy Roundtable
Oct. 23, 2017 – Tennessee Clean Water Network’s Community Health Programs Director Kimberly Pettigrew will the discuss the Bringing Tap Back (BTB) Project at the Water & The Environment Policy Roundtable being held at Rhodes College on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.
The Roundtable starts at 5:30 PM on Tuesday and is being held in Rhodes College’s Spence Wilson Room of Briggs Hall.
“Bringing Tap Back is a project to encourage school-age children to drink more water each day,” Pettigrew said. “Funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health’s Project Diabetes, the project has installed water bottle refill stations across the state and developed curriculum for teachers to highlight the benefits of drinking water.”
“The goal of the program is to encourage children to drink one less sugary beverage a day in order to help lower the high rates of diabetes and obesity in the Volunteer State,” said Pettigrew.
BTB is also concerned about lead in school drinking and cooking water. “Schools don’t have to test for lead in school drinking water as they are exempt from the Safe Water Drinking Act and the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule.”
“There is no safe level of lead in school drinking water, and some testing has shown very high levels of lead in water coming from school water fountains. BTB has proposed a program to install lead-filtered water bottle refill stations in schools across the state,” Pettigrew added.
The Roundtable is being hosted by the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus. Other participants in the Roundtable include the Sierra Club, Tennessee American Water, Protect Our Aquifer and the Southern Environmental Law Center.