Slots in ditch/drain covers must be narrow enough so as not to risk crutches or the tyres of wheelchairs being stuck.
Drinking fountains in school. This is a post about the politics of a drinking fountain within a primary school and how long a child has the opportunity to use it for, in this case only 5 seconds. I can’t imagine having to line up and being timed to use a drinking fountain, I guess that my primary school was small and had plenty of drinking fountains for all students to use the line would only consist of one or two people and then you could have as long as you liked. Though ours was defiantly only tap water no filters at all, but was the same tap water at my house it tasted exactly the same it was only about 2km from the school. As they where not cooled on hot summer days the water would be all warm and you would have to let it run a few seconds to let it cool down otherwise it was really unpleasant.
This is a blog from some one who works at Haws Corporation. So it has a few things about drinking fountains including some of their models and history. The most interesting is this post. Lead Found in Drinking Fountain it turns out that the lead is in the water is from the pipes and water source in America. Luckily Melbourne has never had problems with its taps though in some areas, a little further out from Melbourne they say the water tastes like metal. We have no problem though the water doesn’t travel far at all as the closet dam is only 15mins from my house used by Melbourne’s water supply.
“High levels of lead have been found in the water fountains of several elementary schools in Albany. The school district says the discovery was made during last month’s testing of 400 faucets and fixtures. What they don’t say is it’s actually lead in the water supply.”
“At the beginning of the study, there were no statistical differences in the prevalence of overweight kids in the different groups. By the end of the school year, however, children in the schools where water drinking was encouraged were 30 percent less likely to be overweight.”
“Although water consumption from fountains was measured, overall beverage consumption was determined based on self-reports by students and parents. Small changes in drinking habits are unlikely to be detected using these methods. Another limit is the fact that daily food consumption wasn’t measured, so it’s not known whether drinking more water influenced a child’s eating habits.”
This is what I have started to work on not finished and not sure if I like it yet.