Diabetes WA Foundation
Community Drinking Water Initiative
Type 2 diabetes is three times more common among our Aboriginal population. Of even greater concern is that the rates of type 2 diabetes are six times higher among young Aboriginal people when compared to the rest of the population.
There are a number of reasons for this however one of the contributing factors is the high consumption of soft drinks by young people in Aboriginal communities. Part of the problem lies in the fact that fresh drinkable water is not necessarily available in these remote communities – bore water is sometimes the only source of running water.
To address this we partnered with the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA to install two fresh water drinking fountains in two remote Aboriginal communities. The fountains filter and chill the bore water, providing the community with a palatable alternative to soft drinks.