Bi-level drinking water fountain

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  1. PlumbingDIYer

    PlumbingDIYer New Member

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    Hi,

    I am working on a restaurant in Georgia. The city is requiring me to include a bi-level drinking water fountain in a sit-down restaurant. Seems a little odd since sit-down restaurant serve water for free.

    Does anyone know why this may be required? Is it required by International Plumbing Code or is this just a strange Georgia law? Also, when is this required? I have done restaurants before bigger and smaller this year and have never been asked to add a bi-level fountain.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. breplum

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    All public drinking fountains are required to be ADA compliant, hence bi-level.
    I've done dozens of restaurants and never encountered a requirement to have a drinking fountain. But if one was provided it would have to be bi-level. They are easy to do if you are skilled.
     
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  4. PlumbingDIYer

    PlumbingDIYer New Member

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    Thank you for your response. Having a bi-level or any drinking water fountain in a public area makes sense, but I am trying to understand why in a restaurant? A restaurant is not public and furthermore they serve water for free. In addition to this, why is a reviewer requiring it in some restaurants and not others? This is the first of 3 restaurants I have done in the last 6 months that the same reviewer is requiring the installation of any water fountain.
     
  5. Jeff H Young

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    I'd Contact him an ask. Could it be possible he didn't ask for it but that was submitted for plan check and he merrily approved it?
     
  6. PlumbingDIYer

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    Thanks for the response. That was the last option. I was thinking someone on here would know.
     
  7. Jeff H Young

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    It seems none have heard of this requirement , could be something in this jurisdiction . but you are saying the city requires it that it wasent submitted for plan check with Drinking fountain?
     
  8. PlumbingDIYer

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    Hi Jeff,
    That is correct. The no water fountain was included in the first drawings submitted to the city. The reviewer is requesting (in her feedback) that a water fountain and specifically a bi-level water fountain be added. If this was an office building, I could understand this but for a restaurant that serves water for free, this just seems like a weird requirement for the drawings to be approved.
     
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  9. Jeff H Young

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    Thanks for clarifying Id like to hear why if you find out. I cant guess why you need it
     
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