NEW YORK -- Studies show that drinking water helps children stay at a healthy weight. It can also help them stay focused in the classroom.
Now a new study takes a look at whether water is readily available at schools.
A new study shows most schools are meeting a new government mandate to make free drinking water available to students during lunch.
Dr. Lindsey Turner said, "In about 70 percent of schools they were using existing drinking fountains that had already been there. In about 20 percent of schools they were using other strategies."
At Public School 89 and other New York City schools , water jets like these make fresh cold water available on tap.
Eric Goldstein, CEO for School Support Services and NYC Department of Education said, "We've seen certainly an increase in the consumption of water. We now go thru about 2 million gallons of water a year thru our water jets"
Water is key to overall health. Yet numbers show about a third of children drink the recommended amount.
In general, kids should drink at least 6 to 8 cups of water a day.
Dr. Turner said, "One of the really important considerations here is that if kids are drinking water , they may be less likely to drink sugary beverages"
Researchers found some students may be avoiding water at school, concerned water fountains are not clean.