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Machines used to dispense vended water must comply with the construction and performance standards set by the National Automatic Merchandising Association and other rules adopted by the department and must:


be designed and constructed to permit easy cleaning and maintenance of all exterior and interior surfaces and component parts;


have all parts and surfaces in contact with the water constructed of approved, safe materials, corrosion-resistant, and nonabsorbent material capable of withstanding repeated cleaning and sanitizing treatments;


have a recessed or guarded corrosion-resistant dispensing spout so constructed that neither the spout or the guard contacts the bottle;


be designed so all treatment of the vended water by distillation, ion-exchange, filtration, ultraviolet light, reverse osmosis, mineral addition, or other acceptable process is done in an effective manner;


have an effective system of collection and handling of drip, spillage, and overflow of water through an approved sewage disposal system operated according to law;


have a backflow prevention device approved by law of all connections with the water supply;


disinfect vended water by ultraviolet light or other method approved by the department before delivery into the consumer's container;


be equipped with monitoring devices designed to shut down operation of the machine when the disinfection unit fails to function;


be equipped with a self-closing, tight-fitting door on the vending compartment or other method of protecting the filler compartment acceptable to the commissioner;


be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, free from dirt and vermin;


be located in an area that can be maintained in a clean condition and in a manner that avoids insect and rodent harborage;


have all plumbing to and within the vending machine, including the treatment equipment and piping, meet the plumbing code requirements of the Department of Health; and


display, in a position clearly visible to customers, the following information:


the operator's name;


the operator's address;


a statement describing the source of the water and any treatment process including the chemical names of any preservatives or additives;


a local or toll-free telephone number that may be called for information, service, or complaints; and


the statement "from a municipal source" if the water is from a community public water system. Vended water treated to meet the definition of distilled or purified water is exempt if the machine is so labeled.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 31.11


18 SR 31

Published Electronically:

September 23, 2013