A vending machine has been installed in Austin Public School classrooms, allowing students to pay for their water with their credit card.
Students can also pay for the water by taking a photo of the machine, the Texas Public Information Office confirmed.
The vending machine, called a Smart Water Meter, was installed in a classroom in Austin last week.
“Students can now choose to pay with a credit card, debit card or PayPal,” the Texas Department of Education said.
According to the vending machine’s website, it will allow students to “pay for their bottled water, municipal water, wastewater and sewer service, household and business supplies and school supplies with a single tap”.
A photo posted by Emily Erickson (@emilyjr) on Jan 19, 2018 at 8:37am PST The Smart Water Meters are now available in classrooms, as well as in the Austin Public Library, where they can be used to pay by credit card or by using the app, as seen above.
This is just one of many changes to be made at the schools in Austin, Texas, and its proximity to Houston has seen protests over the state’s water restrictions.
In July, more than 20,000 students in Austin took to the streets to protest the state restrictions, which they say have led to shortages and unsafe conditions.
However, a federal judge ruled in September that the restrictions were legal and ordered the closures to resume.
Last week, the US Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit against Texas and five other states to try and force them to lift their restrictions.
In the lawsuit, the DOJ says the restrictions violate the US Constitution, which bars the federal government from interfering with state matters.