In Baltimore, turning off the water fountains
Everyone I talked to for my story today about the city school system's decision to ditch its water fountains and provide univeral bottled water agreed it was the right move, both from a financial and a health perspective. But I can't help but wonder, if the city school system has been trying to get the lead out of its water since the early 1990s, how much money has been wasted? How much could have been saved if the schools just got bottled water to begin with 15 years ago? We'll probably never know the answer.
UPDATE: Here are two blog entries by city educators with different views of the water situation:
Epiphany in Baltimore's points about the problems with water coolers in his school (not changed often enough, not enough cups) are ones the school system will have to address.