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7 Pa. Code § 82.7. Water supply.

§ 82.7. Water supply.

 (a)  General. A seasonal farm labor camp shall have an approved water system that meets one of the following requirements:

   (1)  Public water systems. Public water systems shall comply with the requirements and standards established under the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act and 25 Pa. Code Chapter 109 (relating to safe drinking water).

   (2)  Nonpublic water systems for camps permitted prior to January 29, 1994. A system shall be approved as part of a permit by the Department, on an annual basis, that meets the requirements of 40 CFR Part 141 (relating to the national primary and secondary drinking water regulations) for total coliform and nitrates/nitrites. Testing shall be conducted for total coliforms at least annually at the time of the initial camp inspection.

   (3)  Nonpublic water systems for camps not permitted prior to January 29, 1994, or camps initially permitted on or after January 29, 1994. A system shall be approved as part of a permit by the Department that meets the maximum contaminant levels and treatment technique requirements established under the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act and 25 Pa. Code Chapter 109. Once a system is initially approved under this paragraph, the system need only meet the requirements under paragraph (2) for repermitting.

 (b)  Nonpublic water systems. The construction of nonpublic water systems shall be approved based upon consistency with the standards in the ‘‘Public Water Supply Manual’’ (relating to noncommunity design standards), published by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Water Supply and Community Health, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, 11th Floor, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105-8467, including revisions thereto.

 (c)  Sampling and analysis. Sampling and analysis shall be conducted in accordance with the sampling procedures and analytical techniques established by the EPA under the National Primary and Secondary Drinking Water regulations, 40 CFR Parts 141 and 143.

 (d)  Additional requirements. Under section 304 of the act (43 P. S. §  1301.304), the Department may, by order, establish other requirements, including public notice, treatment, an alternative water supply or monitoring, on a case-by-case basis, for a nonpublic water system when there is a health risk to the users of that system.

 (e)  Camp expansion. If a nonpublic water system is approved under subsection (a)(2), for a camp permitted prior to January 29, 1994, an expansion of that camp will continue to be regulated under subsection (a)(2) unless the expansion includes substantial changes, such as new sources, to the nonpublic water system. If substantial changes to the nonpublic water system are required, the system shall be approved under subsection (a)(3).

 (f)  Unapproved water supplies. Unapproved water supplies shall be made inaccessible to the camp occupants in a manner deemed satisfactory by the Department.

 (g)  Water supply demand. A water supply shall be capable of delivering a minimum 50 gallons per person per day to the camp at a peak rate of 2 1/2 times the average hourly demand, and shall be capable of providing the maximum daily and hourly demands.

 (h)  Water distribution lines. Water distribution lines shall be capable of supplying water at normal operating pressures to all fixtures for simultaneous operation.

 (i)  Hot and cold water. Hot and cold water under normal operating pressure shall be piped to the kitchen and lavatory facilities.

 (j)  Drinking fountains. One or more drinking fountains shall be provided for each 100 occupants or fraction thereof excluding occupants of single family units, and shall be constructed of impervious material. Fountains shall have an anglejet nozzle protected by a nonoxidizing guard above the overflow rim of the bowl. Drinking fountains shall be equipped with a pressure regulating valve and shall be maintained in a sanitary manner. If the provision of a drinking fountain is impractical, an adequate supply of single service drinking cups shall be provided. Common drinking cups shall be prohibited. Suitable containers shall be provided for discarded individual drinking cups.

 (k)  Chemical treatment. If chemical treatment of the water supply is required to meet the drinking water standards provided in this section, an interruption in treatment of the drinking water supply shall be reported immediately to the Department.

 (l)  Change in treatment. A change in the source or in the method of treatment of a drinking water supply may not be made without first notifying and securing approval of the Department.

 (m)  Potable water supply. On all premises where seasonal farm workers are employed, the employer shall provide in the working area at a reasonable distance a sufficient supply of cool potable water in the following ratios:

   (1)  One drinking fountain for each 100 persons or each crew.

   (2)  Ten gallons of potable water for each 100 persons or each crew.

 (n)  Container standards. When water is provided in a portable container, the container shall meet the construction standards of the National Sanitation Foundation or its equivalent.

 (o)  Common drinking vessels. The use of common drinking vessels shall be prohibited.


   The provisions of this §  82.7 issued under sections 301 and 603 of the Seasonal Farm Labor Act (43 P. S. § §  1301.301 and 1301.603); amended under the Seasonal Farm Labor Act (43 P. S. § §  1301.301—1301.606); section 9 of the act of May 18, 1937 (P. L. 654, No. 174) (43 P. S. §  25-9); the Reorganization Act of 1955 (71 P. S. §  751-12); and sections 1907-A, 1919-A and 1920-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § §  510-7, 510-19 and 510-20).


   The provisions of this §  82.7 adopted September 28, 1973, effective September 29, 1973, 3 Pa.B. 2178; amended January 2, 1981, effective January 3, 1981, 11 Pa.B. 11; amended March 27, 1981, effective March 28, 1981, 11 Pa.B. 1089; amended January 28, 1994, effective January 29, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 709. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (59104) and (60686) to (60688).

Cross References

   This section cited in 7 Pa. Code §  82.20 (relating to single family homes).

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