Helix Water District has awarded Warren-Walker School a $250 mini-grant for a water bottle filling station at their La Mesa campus. Helix Board President Kathleen Coates Hedberg presented the mini-grant check to Ryan Carpenter, Campus Dean, on December 10, 2018. Warren Walker School serves students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Unlike traditional drinking fountains, water bottle filling stations dispense water downwards and can be used to conveniently fill personal water bottles. The fill stations make tap water easily accessible to students and staff, encouraging healthy habits. They are also a sustainable alternative to bottled water.

“We have high-quality water,” said Carlos Lugo, Helix Water District’s general manger. “Drinking tap water costs a small fraction of purchasing bottled water and it reduces trash from plastic bottles.”

As part of its school education program, Helix awards up to three $250 mini-grants each year to schools within its service area for water-related projects or programs. Applications are sent out each fall to all schools within district boundaries.