NBA star Stephen Curry advocates for clean water in schools: 'It's hard enough for kids'
Since January 2015, more than 100 school districts in the United States have dealt with drinking water contamination issues, including finding lead in their water supply.
Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry, who is the father of two young daughters, takes the issue to heart.
"That's a tough pill to swallow," he told AOL.com. "When you think about all the struggles of childhood in general, finding safe drinking options shouldn't be one of them.
"It's hard enough for kids to navigate life."
Curry, who opened up in the past about the whirlwind of taking daughter Riley to her first day of school, stresses that environment should be a place for kids to learn, and contaminated drinking water gets in the way of that. So does the cost of buying bottled water is expensive.
"Buying water bottles is an expensive situation," he said. "If [schools] can provide safe drinking options, then those resources can go to the other parts of the school experience for those students -- to help get them school books, better classes, better resources."
"The good news is contaminants aren’t an epidemic, but any trace can be a problem and we want to make sure that bottled water doesn’t become a drain on school resources."
The five-time NBA All-Star recently partnered with Brita to help raise awareness for the issue of contaminated water in schools. Brita created its Filter for the Future program in order to provide U.S. schools with an alternative to bottled water as the large amount of plastic waste produced by those bottles takes a severe toll on the environment.
A recent study shows that if current trends continue, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by the year 2050.
The issue of environmental pollutants has gained a new face in the form of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP). According to the journal Scientific Reports, the offshore plastic accumulation zone contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. Now, the GPGP has grown to more than 600,000 square miles, which is twice the size of Texas or three times the size of France.
As part of the program, $1 from each Brita Longlast product will go to help schools in need by supplying Brita hydration stations that can replace the use of plastic bottles -- and improve learning environments for children across America.
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