After receiving a request from a primary school for funding of a drinking-water fountain, the ADA decided to explore how we could provide drinking-water fountains to not just one school, but to many and to include early childhood centres in the mix. ‘Switch to water, switch off tooth decay’ is the result – a partnership with Mountain Fresh that sees both the ADA and Mountain Fresh provide a financial contribution towards the purchase and installation of drinking-water fountains in any Auckland primary school and early childhood centre. The discounted amount can mean a saving of up to $600 per unit for a school (depending on the type of unit fountain pruchased). In return for the discount, the school or early childhood centre must agree to have our ‘Switch to water’ plaque mounted on the fountain.
In 2018 the ADA/Mountain Fresh partnership saw 29 discounted drinking-water fountains installed across 13 different schools and early childhood centres. In 2019 we grew the number to 37 drinking-water fountains across 11 schools/ECCs.
This partnership has enabled us to strengthen the NZDA's 'switch to water' message at a local level.