Kids lined up for water at a newly dedicated water bottle filling station at the Hopewell Community Center as part of the Bring Tap Back initiative.
Officials with the Tennessee Clean Water Network and Tennessee Department of Health dedicated the refill station with a ribbon cutting Thursday morning.
The BTB initiative is a result of the two department’s partnership to encourage people to stay away from drinks filled with sugar.
Experts say those drinks have become a major contributor to the obesity and diabetes problem in Tennessee.
A total of 13 bottle refill stations have been placed throughout the Nashville area – 11 indoors and 2 outdoors.
Some of the locations included:
- Tennessee State University
- Global Outreach Development Corp.
- United Way Metro Nashville
- Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
- Croft Middle School
- St. Luke's Community House
- Nashville Paddle Company
However, 83 have been placed throughout the state.
The initiative was funded by a grant from the Project Diabetes Program of the Tennessee Department of Health.