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 ADA compliant drinking fountain models, bottle fillers and bottle filling stations. For example, you can specify 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. Any Filtrine fountain can be made “Hands Free”. View other Filtrine drinking fountains with ADA compliant features and options.

Filtrine drinking water equipment is built with lead-free components according to CA NSF/ANSI 372-2011.

If you have any questions about Filtrine’s ADA drinking fountains and drinking water equipment, fill out the Drinking Water Product Request a Quote Form or contact your local Filtrine Drinking Water Representative.

Featured ADA Compliant “Hands Free” Filtrine Product

Filtrine Model 90-HF

The Filtrine Model 90-WC-HF drinking water fountain takes our classic wheel-chair accessible Model 90-WC fountain and utilizes its design to contain a “Hands Free” sensor and its components internally. This allows for the unit to be mounted on any sized wall without the need for a separate cabinet or additional wall depth. The bubbler sensor activates when hand or body comes within range. An optional “Hands Free” gooseneck bottle filler is available with sensor for touchless operation. Filtrine’s contemporary stainless construction and sleek profile provides an attractive, durable addition to any interior and allows for easy cleaning. Includes an access panel below for easy maintenance.

Featured INDESTRUCT Product

Filtrine INDESTRUCT IM-4-A and IM-14-A

Filtrine’s INDESTRUCT Model IM electric water coolers are built with the most durable materials and components to withstand even the most excessive demands of heavy industry from shipyards to factories. Select from 16 ga steel panels with enamel or powder coat finish, or 16 ga stainless steel panels with satin or powder coat finish. Models also include: explosion proof, outdoor freeze proof and high ambient. Options include a push button bubbler, gooseneck bottle/glass filler, or a foot activated electronic sensor (for laboratories where cross-contamination is of the utmost importance). Learn more…

For more information on any of these models, contact your local Filtrine Drinking Water Representative.

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