These design standards shall apply in determining
whether the facilities, methods, practices, controls used in the
processing, bottling, holding, transporting and shipping of bottled
drinking water are in compliance to assure a safe water product.
A. Plant Construction and Design
1. The bottling room shall be separated from other
plant operations or storage areas by tight walls, ceilings, and
2. Adequate ventilation shall be provided in processing
rooms, bottling rooms, and in container washing and sanitizing areas.
3. The washing and sanitizing of containers for bottled
drinking water shall be performed in an enclosed room.
4. Rooms in which product water is handled, processed,
or held or in which containers, utensils, or equipment are washed or held
shall not open directly into any room used for domestic household
B. Equipment and Utensils
1. All plant equipment and utensils shall be suitable
for their intended use. This includes all collection and storage tanks,
piping, fittings, connections, bottle washers, fillers, cappers, and other
equipment which may be used to store, handle, process, package or
transport product water.
2. All product water-contact surfaces shall be
constructed to be adequately cleaned and sanitized.
3. Storage tanks shall be of the type that can be
closed and shall be adequately vented.
C. Sanitary Operations
1. The product water-contact surfaces of all
multisurface containers, utensils, pipes, and equipment used in the
transportation, processing, handling, and storage of product water shall
be clean and adequately sanitized.
2. After cleaning, all multiservice containers,
utensils, and disassembled piping and equipment shall be stored to assure
drainage and shall be protected from contamination.
3. Single-service containers and caps or seal shall be
stored in sanitary closures and kept clean therein in a clean dry place
until used. Prior to use they shall be examined, and as necessary, washed,
rinsed, and sanitized and shall be handled in a sanitary manner.
4. Filling, capping, closing, sealing and packaging of
containers shall be done in a sanitary manner so as to preclude
contamination of the bottle drinking water.
5. Multiservice primary containers shall be adequately
cleaned, sanitized, and inspected just prior to being fille, capped and
6. Sanitizing operations, including those performed by
chemical means or by any other means such as circulation of life steam or
hot water, shall be adequate to effect sanitization of the intended
product water-contact surfaces and any other critical area.
D. Bacteriological Sampling Compliance
At least one (1) water sample per week for
bacteriological analysis shall be collected in standard sterilized water
containers by a responsible official of the plant from representative
points in the bottled water supply system and submitted to the West
Virginia State Hygienic Laboratory or other certified laboratory. In-state
plants may obtain sterilized water containers from the West Virginia State