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Water Station Unveiling at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

Efforts Underway to Increase Access to Safe Drinking Water In Communities Throughout the Inland Empire

Community leaders and public health officials will gather on Friday, February 6, to unveil a new water station at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School. Event participants will highlight the benefits associated with improving access to safe drinking water throughout the community.

The station will provide fresh drinking water to approximately 200 students each day. It is one of fifteen new water stations installed throughout the region, made possible by a partnership between the Riverside County Department of Public Health and the Regional Access Project Foundation. Collectively, these stations have saved tens of thousands of plastic water bottles from local landfills.

In Riverside County, 39 percent of seventh graders are overweight and more than one third (35 percent) of children (ages 2-11) report drinking at least one soda or other sugarsweetened beverage per day. Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest sources of added sugar in the American diet, and increasing access to water in place of sugary beverages can help reduce obesity.

WHEN: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8:30 A.M.

WHERE: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School 82470 Bliss Avenue, Indio, CA 92201

VISUALS: Press conference and water station ribbon cutting ceremony with local officials and students

MEDIA CONTACT: Trinidad Arredondo, tarredondo@regionalaccessproject.org, 760-771-7701

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