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Water in Schools

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Seven-year-old Gavin Fedelizo drinks plenty of water at school.

A new study shows most schools are meeting a new government mandate to make free drinking water available to students during lunch.

"In about 70% of schools they were using existing drinking fountains that had already been there. In about 20% of schools they were using other strategies," says Dr. Lindsey Turner.

At Public School 89 and other New York City schools, water jets like these make fresh cold water available on tap.

"We've seen certainly an increase in the consumption of water. We now go through about 2 million gallons of water a year thru our water jets," says Eric Goldstein.

Water is key to overall health. Yet numbers show about a third of children drink the recommended amount.

In general, kids should drink at least 6 to 8 cups of water a day.

"One of the really important considerations here is that if kids are drinking water , they may be less likely to drink sugary beverages," says Turner.

But researchers found some students may be avoiding water at school, concerned water fountains are not clean.

In 2011, the government mandated that schools participating in the national school lunch program, give students access to free drinking water.

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