(1) The source of the water supply shall be an approved public water system as defined in Sections 403.850-.864, F.S., and in Fl. Admin. Code Chapter 62-550, effective 1/1/93. If the water source is from a non-community water supply or from another public water supply system that is not regulated by the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act, the water shall be of equivalent quality as that required for community public water supply systems. Upon application for an initial operating permit and at 3-year intervals thereafter, chemical analyses shall be required for non-community and other public water supply systems that are water sources for vending machines. The chemical analyses shall include the primary and secondary contaminants and the priority pollutants currently in existence in Fl. Admin. Code Chapter 62-550 Reports of analyses shall be submitted to the department at time of application for a permit.
    (2) Water vending machines shall be designed and constructed to permit easy cleaning and maintenance of all exterior and interior surfaces and component parts.
    (3) Water vending machines shall have a guarded corrosion resistant dispensing spout.
    (4) Owners, managers and operators of water vending machines shall ensure that the methods used for treatment of vended water are acceptable to the department. Acceptable treatment includes distillation, ion-exchange, filtration, ultra-violet light, mineral addition and reverse osmosis. Purified water shall not contain chloride, sulfate, ammonia, calcium, carbon dioxide; shall have a pH range of 5.0 to 7.0; and shall not exceed 10 parts per million total dissolved solids. In addition, purified water shall comply with all other potable water standards.
    (5) Water vending machines shall be equipped to disinfect the vended water by ultra-violet light, ozone, or equally effective methods prior to delivery into the customer’s container.
    (6) Water vending machines shall be equipped with monitoring devices designed to shut down operation of the machine when the treatment or disinfectant unit fails to properly function.
    (7) Water vending machines shall be equipped with a self-closing, tight-fitting door on the vending compartment.
    (8) Granular activated carbon, if used in the treatment process of vended water, shall comply with the specifications provided by the American Water Works Association for that substance (AWWA B604-74).
    (9) Water vending machine operators shall place on each machine, in a position clearly visible to the consumer, a Water Vending Machine Operating Permit, furnished by the department. Water vending machine operators shall also have on file and perform a maintenance program that includes:
    (a) Visits for cleaning, sanitizing and servicing of machines every two weeks.
    (b) Written servicing instructions.
    (c) Technical manuals for the machines.
    (d) Technical manuals for the water treatment appurtenances involved.
    (10) Parts and surfaces of water vending machines shall be kept clean and maintained by the water vending machine operator. The vending chamber and the vending nozzle shall be cleaned and sanitized each time the machine is serviced. A record of cleaning and maintenance operations shall be kept by the operator for each water vending machine. These records shall be made available to the department’s employees upon request.
    (11) Water vending machine operators shall ensure that machines are maintained and monitored to dispense potable water. Any vended water sample testing positive for total coliforms shall be considered unsatisfactory. Each operator shall obtain and have analyzed by an approved laboratory at least once every 3 months, a sample of vended water from each machine to determine total coliform content. However, provided a satisfactory method of post-treatment disinfection is utilized and based on a sustained record of satisfactory total coliform analyses, the department shall allow modification of the 3-month sampling requirement as follows:
    (a) When 3 consecutive 3-month samples are each found to contain zero coliform colonies per 100 milliliters of the vended water, microbiological sampling intervals shall be extended to a period not exceeding 6 months. Should a subsequent 6-month sample test positive for total coliform, the required sampling frequency shall revert to the 3-month frequency until 3 consecutive samples again test negative for total coliform bacteria.
    (b) If any sample collected from a machine is determined to be unsatisfactory, the machine shall be cleaned, sanitized and resampled immediately. If, after being cleaned and sanitized, the vended product is determined to be positive for coliform, the machine shall be taken out of service until the source of contamination has been located and corrected.
    (12) The vended water from each water vending machine utilizing silver-impregnated carbon filters in the treatment process shall be sampled once every 6 months for silver and analyzed by an approved laboratory.
    (13) All records pertaining to the sampling and analyses shall be retained by the operator for a period of not less than 2 years. Results of the analyses shall be available for department review upon request.
Rulemaking Authority 500.459(5)(g), (6), 570.07(23) FS. Law Implemented Florida Statutes § 500.459. History—New 8-20-86, Formerly 10D-22.005, 5E-16.005, Amended 8-22-95, 3-18-98.