A-E. Section 13/ Drinking and Wastewater

A. Drinking water. A Provider must provide documentation of water safe for drinking by staff and Children in care. If a satisfactory supply cannot be provided, a License or renewal of a License may not be issued.

1. Applicants serving drinking water from their own well must demonstrate satisfactory water quality by testing for the following contaminants by a Maine-certified laboratory:

a. Fluoride,

b. Uranium,

c. Arsenic,

d. First-draw Lead sample,

e. Nitrates, and

f. Total coliform bacteria.

2. Applicants serving water from a municipal public water system must demonstrate satisfactory water quality by collecting and testing one first-draw lead sample prior to receiving a License. The sample container must be from a Maine-certified laboratory and consist of a one-liter capacity.

B. Ongoing annual water tests for providers with wells. Providers serving water from their own well must test their water annually for coliform bacteria and nitrates. Samples must be analyzed and results reported by a Maine-certified laboratory. Providers must maintain water quality reports for Department inspection.

** Water Labs certificated by the State to run the Water Tests Required for providers on private wells and for the required “first draw” lead water test required for all providers.

C. Five-year water tests for providers with wells. In addition to the annual testing required by Section 13(B) above, Providers serving water from their own wells must test their water every five years for at least the following contaminants: fluoride, uranium, first-draw lead sample and arsenic.

D. Bottled water agreements. If the Provider chooses to use and serve bottled water due to the presence of one or more of the contaminants listed in Section 13 (A)(1) (a)-(e) above, then the Provider may operate under a written bottled water agreement with the Department. Under this agreement, the Provider must:

1. Use bottled water for all consumption and food preparation;

2. Provide written notification to Parents of enrolled and prospective Children that the Provider is required to use bottled water for all consumption and food preparation;

3. Post the agreement where it can be readily seen by Parents; and

4. Continue to conduct annual water testing in accordance with Section 13(B) of this rule.

E. Water and Sewer. During all hours of operation, water supply and sewage disposal must comply with 10-144 C.M.R. Ch. 231, 241.

1. When the sewage disposal system fails to meet this standard, the Provider must close.

2. The Provider may resume operation when the sewage disposal system is properly operating.