Making Sure Your Drinking Fountain Bottle Filler 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 at top left shows Filtrine’s Model 107-14-HL-VP that is compliant and vandal-proof. It is available in different finishes or unlimited powder-coat colors to match your building’s décor.
Featured Filtrine Product
Filtrine’s Model 90-HL non-recessed drinking fountain is a clean, cubic design with two bowls that makes a dramatic statement in any space. The seamless construction of the fountain complements all modern decor. The Model 90-HL-WC features 18" projection for wheelchair accessibility. Durable and beautiful, these fountains are available in a wide range of finishes and options. 90-HL and WC models can be easily customized with a variety of features such as: gooseneck cold water bottle fillers or hot glass fillers, or access panels for easy maintenance.
Featured INDESTRUCT Product
INDESTRUCT Model IM "Freeze-Proof" electric water coolers are "extra-durable" and designed for outdoor installations where varying climates allow for the possibility of freezing (with ambient temperatures falling below 32°F [0°C]). Special heating elements on the storage-type evaporator and vital internal components prevent the water from freezing up the chiller and allow for use when most coolers would not be usable. INDESTRUCT "Freeze-Proof" models guard against freezing in temperatures down to (0°F, -17.8°C) where outside installation is required.
For more information on any of these models, contact your Filtrine Representative today.
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