Arizona - Water Quality: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to address water quality in schools.

Arizona Administrative CODE R9-8-706 Title 9. Health Services Chapter 8. Department of Health Services - Food, Recreational, and Institutional Sanitation Article 7. Public Schools - Water Supply

A. A responsible person shall ensure that a school has an ample water supply.

B. A responsible person shall ensure that a school's drinking water is dispensed from:

    1. A clean drinking fountain that:
      • a. Provides, from an opening, a stream of water that does not touch anything before reaching a user's mouth;
      • b. Has an opening that is higher than the overflow rim to prevent the opening's submersion; and
      • c. Has a device to prevent a user's mouth from touching the opening from which the water streams;
    1. A clean and sanitized water cooler;
    1. A clean and sanitized bottled water cooler;
    1. A clean and sanitized lavatory faucet; or
    1. A clean and sanitized portable water container.

C. If a portable water container or the bottle from a school's bottled water cooler is to be refilled, a responsible person shall ensure that the portable water container or the bottle is:

    1. Washed, rinsed, and sanitized, as specified in 9 A.A.C. 8, Article 1;
    1. Stored in a clean area; and
    1. Refilled with drinking water from any of the sources of drinking water specified in subsection (B).

D. A responsible person shall ensure that a school does not provide a common drinking cup unless the common drinking cup is washed, rinsed, and sanitized, as specified in 9 A.A.C. 8, Article 1, after each use.

E. A responsible person shall ensure that a school provides:

    1. Drinking fountains, water coolers, or bottled water coolers according to Tables 1 and 2; and
    1. At least one drinking fountain, water cooler, or bottled water cooler on each floor of the school that contains a classroom, regardless of the number of students.
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