Water Access

Ensure access to safe drinking water throughout the day at no cost to students.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Water Availability During National School Lunch Program Meal Service (July 2011)


Schools are required to make water available during the National School Lunch Program meal service. This memorandum provides guidance on implementing this provision in the law.

Strategies for Improving Access to Drinking Water in Schools (October 2014) (PDF | 284 KB)

CDC. Bridging the Gap.

This research brief highlights areas where wellness policies address water accessibility and summarizes policy actions taken by public school districts across the nation. Use this brief to identify areas of opportunity for your school.

Water Access in Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This Web site provides a general overview of requirements, recommendations, and resources on water access in schools.

Drinking Water in Schools & Child Care Facilities

US Environmental Protection Agency.

This one-stop Web site provides information about drinking water quality in schools and child care facilities, including information on lead in drinking water.

Water and Nutrition

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This Web page provides information on the importance of water for health.