Rhode Island - Water Quality: Program Requirement

Program Requirement
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State law requires districts to address water quality in schools.

School Health Programs 216-RICR-20-10-4.38 Water Supply.

A. Each school building must be furnished with an adequate supply of potable water in accordance with the standards set forth in the rules and regulations pertaining to Public Drinking Water.

    1. Potable water shall be supplied to all food service areas, lavatories, janitorial and shower areas.
    1. An adequate supply of potable drinking water must be available for consumption through a sufficient number of well-maintained and accessible sources and in accordance with the Building Code Standards Committee "RISBC-3 Rhode Island Plumbing Code."

B. A community water system shall be used as the source of supply where available.

    1. Where a community water system is unavailable the water supply system utilized by the school must meet the requirements of R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 46-13, 23-65, and the "Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Certification of Public Drinking Water Supply Treatment and Public Water Supply Transmission and Distribution Operators".

C. All proposed school water systems or proposed alterations to existing school water systems shall be approved by the RIDOH.

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