Do not drink the water…Hand Washing only!
The Environmental Protection Agency reports that there are over 90 contaminants that can be present in drinking water. Due to these scary factors, the EPA makes it mandatory that all Daycare centers and all school facilities, in every district must have their water tested annually.
In addition, the test results must be reported in several ways. First, the results must be made available to the New Jersey Department of Education. Second, the water test results will be posted on that school’s district website. Third, the facility is required to post a sign that warns students, staff and visitors of unsafe drinking water. Most importantly, parents must be notified of any contaminants that test positive over the legal limit.
Are our children protected?
Consequently, due to the high chances of contamination, the “Safe Drinking Water Act” was established to protect the health of many individuals by giving individual states the opportunity to set their water drinking standards. If the contaminants are within the EPA’s “safe” range; water is drinkable.
On the other hand, “The Public Notification Rule” is a part of the Safe Drinking Water Act. This rule demands that consumers provide clearly visible notifications that their drinking water is unsafe and does not meet drinking water standards.
To add, it is very common within daycare centers, schools and universities to have hand washing sinks and sometimes water fountains together in one location making the use for each water source provides a safe environment for all. If your water is contaminated; please help keep our children healthy and mark which water sources are safe to drink and which might be for hand washing only. If your water is unsafe to drink; a “Do Not Drink” or a “Hand Wash Only” sign or sticker must be created and installed.
Let us help to keep our children healthy and safe by clearly marking unsafe drinking water with a digitally printed vinyl sign or sturdy engraved plastic sign.
Please call 973-970-9280