Quenching Community Thirst

Planning for More Access to Drinking Water in Public Places

By Nicholas Kushner, AICP



National policy and action toolkits have begun drawing attention to drinking water access. The White House initiative Let's Move, in its "Action Steps Toolkit for Mayors and Local Officials", states that these officials should "require access to free and safe drinking water in public places".

The Institute of Medicine's Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity also lists the following advice:

"Strategy 7…Increase access to free, safe drinking water in public places to encourage consumption of water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages…Adopt building codes to require access to, and maintenance of, fresh drinking water fountains (e.g., public restroom codes)" (Parker et al. 2009).


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Nov. 1, 2013
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About the Author

Nicholas Kushner, AICP
Nick Kushner Program Analyst, Age-Friendly DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Government of the District of Columbia Nick joined DC Government in January 2014. As a Capital City Fellow, he spent 6 months with the District Department of the Environment working on the city’s sustainability plan, Sustainable DC. He then joined the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services where he helped write the final Age-Friendly DC Strategic Plan. He is currently engaged in numerous inter-agency efforts working on the plan’s implementation. Since May 2016, Nick has been detailed to the DC Office of Planning to work on the city's comprehensive plan amendment cycle and integrate age-friendly and health and human services policies. Previous work experience includes researching comprehensive plans and public health at the American Planning Association. Nick has a dual Master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Urban and Regional Planning and Public and International Affairs and a Bachelors’ degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.