MEDWAY — Superintendent Armand Pires and Director of Facilities Paul Visconti are pleased to announce that Medway Public Schools has been awarded a School Water Improvement Grant (SWIG) to replace water fixtures within the district.
The Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust awarded Medway Public Schools $36,000 as part of the School Water Improvement Grant to replace fixtures across the district. The grant will be used to provide clean solutions and easy distribution of fresh water to all district students and staff, as well as visitors to the schools.
With the funding, each of the district’s schools will get a compliment of new fountains with bottle fillers. The upgrade will also help with recycling and reducing waste in a variety of areas.
“The water fixture replacements we plan to complete with these funds will help us ensure our students and staff are drinking the safest water possible while at school, as well as enhance our district’s sustainability measures,” Superintendent Pires said. “We are grateful to the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust Board of Trustees for this funding.”
The district hopes to complete the installations by the end of the calendar year.
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.