15A NCAC 18A .1313      WATER SUPPLY

(a)  Water supplies at institutions shall meet the requirements in 15A NCAC 18C or 15A NCAC 18A .1700.

(b)  Non-community public water supplies shall be listed with the Public Water Supply Section, Division of Environmental Health.

(c)  In institutions that use a non-community water supply, a sample of water shall be collected by the Department at least once a year and submitted to the Division of Laboratory Services or other laboratory certified by the Department to perform bacteriological examinations.

(d)  Cross‑connections with sewage lines, non-potable water supplies, or other potential sources of contamination are prohibited.

(e)  Hot water heating facilities shall be provided.  Hot and cold running water under pressure shall be provided to food preparation areas, and to any other areas where water is required in sufficient quantities to carry out all operations.

(f)  The local health department shall be immediately notified if the primary water supply is interrupted for more than four hours.  Each institution shall have a plan to obtain a backup water supply in the event that the water supply is lost for more than four hours.  The backup water supply plan shall provide for two liters of water per day per person for drinking.  The backup water supply plan shall include a plan for either relocating residents or providing an alternative source of water for essential functions such as food preparation, hand washing, bathing, cleaning, dishwashing, laundry and disposal of bodily waste.  The amount of water provided for uses other than drinking may be reduced if the plan includes alternatives for water use for services such as laundry and dishwashing.  If an assessment determines that tap water is not to be used for drinking, sources shall be prominently labeled or hooded to restrict use and potable water shall be provided.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A‑235;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. December 5, 1977;

Amended Eff. March 1, 2003 (see S.L. 2002-160); September 1, 1990; July 1, 1986;

Temporary Amendment Eff. June 1, 2003;

Amended Eff. February 1, 2004.