How to Know if Your Drinking Fountain is ADA Compliant

Whether you have installed a water bottle filler over an existing drinking fountain or have ordered a drinking water fountain with a bottle filler, you want to make sure that you are complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for water dispensing in your building or building plan. This is the case whether it is a single, double or triple bowl water fountain.

The question that often comes up from Filtrine’s customers in regards to its double bowl fountain, “Is the bottle filler in the cover plate over the lower bowl ADA compliant?” After reviewing the ADA guidelines, drinking fountains (installed correctly) with the bottle filler over the lower bowl do comply with the current code for people in a wheelchair.

As illustrated in the excerpt below from the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, revised in 2010, the bottle filler and its soft-touch activator are less than 48″ off the finished floor. The lower fountain protrudes less than 20″ out from the wall. Filtrine’s popular “Soft-Touch” water bubbler valve is also compliant with ADA standards because it requires less than 5 lbs. of pressure to activate.

Filtrine offers a variety of drinking fountain models, bottle fillers and bottle filling stations that are ADA compliant. The photo of an ADA drinking fountain at top left shows Filtrine’s Model 107-14-HL-VP that is ADA compliant and vandal-proof. It is available in different finishes or unlimited powder-coat colors to match your building’s décor.

If you have any questions about Filtrine’s ADA drinking fountains and drinking water equipment, fill out the contact form or contact your Filtrine Representative.

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