BOSTON - On Wednesday, April 29, the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (the Trust) approved the first round of grants totaling $675,000 to 32 school districts for the Trust’s School Water Improvement Grant (SWIG) program.
Among those was $72,000 for 24 fixtures in the Wachusett School District.
SWIG, a grant-based program, will cover the purchase and installation of filtered water bottle filling stations to address detections of lead in drinking water at eligible public schools. This program is designed to encourage communities to perform lead testing and address elevated levels with the help of state experts.
“As chairman of the Clean Water Trust, I am happy that we are moving forward with our first round of applicants,” said State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, “This is critical work for many communities and I appreciate the commitment of everyone involved to protect the health and safety our children.”
The Trust’s SWIG program was funded through a $5 million appropriation filed by Governor Charlie Baker and approved by the legislature.
“Protecting the health and safety of students at Massachusetts’ schools is a critical priority, and the Baker-Polito Administration is proud to work with the Clean Water Trust to support the installation of water filtration technology at more than 30 school districts across the Commonwealth,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “As we continue to build on efforts to test for lead in school drinking water, this program provides a needed resource for school systems to address water quality and safety issues.”