EASTON — Superintendent Lisha Cabral is pleased to share that Easton Public Schools has been awarded a School Water Improvement Grant (SWIG) to replace water fixtures at Richardson-Olmsted Elementary School.
The Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust awarded Easton Public Schools $3,000 as part of the School Water Improvement Grant.
The district will use the grant to replace water fixtures at Richardson-Olmsted. The goal of the SWIG program is to assist schools in replacing water faucets, fountains, refilling stations or other fixtures that have been tested and revealed to be not compliant with the state limits for lead. SWIG funds can be used for the procurement and installation of eligible fixtures, filters and replacement filters.
“We are grateful to the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust for providing us with these funds for use at Richardson-Olmsted,” Superintendent Cabral said. “This program will allow us to replace identified fixtures with materials that are more sustainable.”
A total of 36 school districts in Massachusetts received School Water Improvement Grants of varied amounts as part of an ongoing project to improve water quality for students and staff at schools. In total, The Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust granted a total of $675,000 to replace water fixtures.
The goal of the SWIG program is to reduce lead in school drinking water to the lowest levels possible. The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (the Trust) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) are offering the SWIG program to further incentivize schools to test their drinking water fixtures and remediate any lead exceedances that are detected by providing grants to replace fixtures that are above the remediation action level.