5 more Madison schools add water re-filling stations

Six Madison schools to receive new water bottle refilling stations
Courtesy of Madison Water Utility
Kids using the water bottle refilling station at Lindbergh Elementary School.

MADISON, Wis.– 5 more Madison schools are adding water re-filling stations this spring as part of the “Got Water?” initiative, a release said.

The hydration stations will be installed this spring at Midvale, Hawthorne, Mendota and Stephens elementary schools as well as Toki Middle School.

This is made possible through a partnership between Madison Water Utility, the Madison School District and the Healthy Kids Collaborative based at American Family Children’s Hospital.

“Why it’s important to stay hydrated, drink water instead of sugary beverages that are out there. And also kind of figure out where the water comes from, how to keep our water supply safe. How to use water in a sustainable way,” said Amy Barrilleaux, Madison Water Utility Public Information Officer.

Before the “Got Water?” initiative started in 2015, no Madison elementary or middle school had water bottle refilling stations. Now by the end of this school year, more than 14,000 students and staff across 30 schools will be filling up water bottles.