WESTFORD — State Rep. James Arciero recently secured funding for new water stations at Westford Public Schools.
$35,000 was earmarked in the recently passed state budget to install 23 stations across nine schools in the district. The district previously sought funding through the American Rescue Plan Act funding the Town of Westford received last year.
“The greatest benefit of the filling stations is that it provides students and staff access to drinking water that is much safer than traditional water bubblers,” Town of Westford Director of Facilities Jeff Goodwin said in a news release.
He continued, “the touchless sensor on the new filling stations allows the user to fill a bottle without contacting any part of the unit, thus drastically reducing the risk of contracting COVID or other viruses by touching buttons and putting mouths close to traditional water fountains.”
“I’m incredibly proud to secure these funds for new water stations at Westford Schools,” Rep. Arciero said in a news release. “A safe and healthy educational environment is vital to making sure our students and teachers get the most out of our school system and receive the quality education they deserve while also making sure their basic needs are met throughout the school day.”
Four new stations will be installed at Day School and Westford Academy and three stations at Nabnasset School and Blanchard Middle School. Two new stations will be installed at Crisafulli Elementary School, Robinson School, Abbot Elementary School and Miler Elementary School. One Station will be installed at Stony Brook School.
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