Water Supply Clearance


(a) All child care centers where water for human consumption is from a private source shall meet the following requirements:

(1) As a condition of initial licensure, the applicant shall provide evidence of an onsite inspection of the source of the water and a bacteriological analysis that establishes the safety of the water. The inspection and the bacteriological analysis shall be conducted by the local health department, the California Department of Health Services or a licensed commercial laboratory.

(2) Subsequent to initial licensure, the licensee shall provide evidence of a bacteriological analysis of the private water supply as frequently as is necessary to ensure the safety of the children, but no less frequently than specified in the following table:

Licensed Capacity

Analysis Required

Periodic Subsequent Analysis

6 or fewer

Initial licensing

Not required unless evidence supports the need for such analysis to protect children.

7 through 15

Initial licensing


16 through 24

Initial licensing


25 or more

Initial licensing


NOTE: Authority cited: Section 1596.81, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 1596.72, 1596.73, 1596.81, 1596.95 and 1597.05, Health and Safety Code.

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