WATER STORE REQUIREMENTS IN LAUNDROMATS
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What is Vended Water?
May an operator of a Water Vending Machine or a Retail Water Facility deliver his or her water to a customer’s home or office?
May a Retail Water Facility operator clean and/or sanitize customers’ containers?
Must licensed water vending machine operators provide information regarding their water vending machines in electronic format?
Yes. California Health and Safety Code Section 111130 (c) requires that, beginning January 1, 2008, an applicant for renewal of a water vending machine operator license provide to FDB, in electronic format, the serial number of each machine and the street address, city, Zip code, and county where the machine is located. A model form can be obtained at:
What are the requirements for cleaning and sanitizing water vending machines?
California Health and Safety Code Section 111115 (a) and 111170(b), requires that, beginning January 1, 2009:
Water vending machines be cleaned, serviced, and sanitized in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications at least once every 30 days. The maintenance records (for cleaning, servicing, sanitizing) be kept for every visit made by either the operator or the maintenance personnel. These records must show the date and time of the visit, any tests performed, any maintenance performed, and the signature or electronic signature of the operator or maintenance personnel. The records must be kept by the owner of the water-vending machine for a minimum of two years and shall be made available to FDB upon request.
In addition, a sign or label indicating the date on which the water vending machine was last sanitized and serviced (both in English and Spanish) must be displayed in a position clearly visible to customers.
Must licensed water vending machine operators keep a record of consumer complaints?
Yes. California Health and Safety Code Section 111115 (a), requires that a record of any consumer complaints be kept on file with the owner of the water-vending machine for a minimum of two years, and must be made available to FDB upon request.
Must licensed water vending machine operators affix a decal to indicate that a license fee has been paid?
Yes. California Health and Safety Code Section 111130 (d), states that it is the duty of water vending operator or owner to affix a valid decal in a prominent place to each water vending machine in service. The decal will indicate that a license fee has been paid for the current year.
What information must licensed water vending machine operators display on their water vending machines?
California Health and Safety Code Section 111170 (c), requires that, beginning January 1, 2009, each vending machine display in a position clearly visible to customers the following information, both in English and Spanish:
1. The name and address of the operator.
2. The fact that the water is obtained from an approved public water supply or licensed private water source.
3. A statement describing the treatment process used. If no treatment process is utilized, a statement to that effect.
4. A toll-free telephone number or a local telephone number within the area code in which the machine is located that may be called for further information, service, or complaints, and the toll-free telephone number of the department's food and drug branch that may be called for complaints or questions.
5. A sign or label indicating the date on which the water-vending machine was last sanitized and serviced by the operator or maintenance personnel.
6. A notice to consumers listing the industry's recommendations for the type and condition of container suitable for use with the water-vending machine.
7. A valid decal or seal received from the department indicating that a license fee has been paid and a license issued for the water-vending machine.