Bubbler drinking fountain should be accessible to persons with disabilities and their position shall be plainly indicated by right ADA compliant signage. Drinking fountains cannot be in way of travel and must be inside an alcove or rails on both sides to ensure that drinking fountain is not a trip hazard for those with visual impairments. Drinking fountains must have both a high and a low-level drinking fountain with low drinking fountain with a spout height no higher than 36 inches from finished floor.
All bubbler drinking fountain must have a knee-space clearance from bottom of apron to finished floor beneath at least 27 inches in height, 30 inches in width and 17 to 19 inches in depth. A 30-by -48-inch clear floor space is required to provide a wheelchair to cope with drinking fountain when it is in use. A minimum of 9 inches of free space required at bottom of a drinking apron to finished floor, so a wheelchair to conveniently roll underneath.
All bubbler drinking fountain must have control in front or on side. Checks shall be operable with one hand. They should be able to be actuated with a force of a maximum of 5-pounds per foot, and should not require a tight gripping, pinching or twisting of wrist. This means that control must be either a button or a lever type of control that does not require a lot of force to use.
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