Drinking Water


(a) Drinking water from a noncontaminating fixture or container shall be readily available both indoors and in the outdoor activity area.

(1) Children shall be free to drink as they wish.

(2) Anchored steps or a broad-based platform shall be utilized when a drinking fountain is too high for the children in care.

(3) Bottled water or portable containers will be allowed provided that:

(A) The water and containers are kept free of contamination.

(B) Bottled water containers are secured to prevent tipping and breaking.

(4) All water for drinking shall be potable as defined in the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 5.

(A) Title 24, Part 5, defines potable water as water that is satisfactory for drinking, culinary and domestic purposes and meets the requirements of the health authority having jurisdiction.

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

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