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Title: Section 5-6.8 - Sanitation and maintenance

Effective Date


5-6.8 Sanitation and maintenance. Buildings, fixtures and other physical facilities of the plant shall be kept in good repair and shall be maintained in a sanitary condition. Cleaning operations shall be conducted in such a manner as to minimize the danger of contamination of product and product contact surfaces. Detergents, sanitizers and other materials used in cleaning and sanitizing procedures shall be free of chemical or microbiological contamination and shall be safe and effective for their intended use. Only such materials as required to maintain sanitary conditions, for use in laboratory testing procedures, for plant and equipment maintenance and operation or used in manufacturing or processing operations, shall be stored in the plant. These materials shall be identified and used only in such manner and conditions that will be safe for their intended use.

(a) Storage tanks shall, at a minimum, meet the following requirements:

(1) Inspected for cleanliness on a monthly basis and kept free of scale, evidence of oxidation and residue.

(2) Cleaned on a monthly basis by sanitizing with one of the following and flushing with finished water product:

(i) chlorine water solution of 200 parts per million (ppm) for a minimum of five minutes;

(ii) spray wet surface with 200 ppm chlorine water solution. This is to be used on surfaces that are not reached by the above soaking treatment;

(iii) bactericides, such as organic chlorine compounds and bactericidal agents containing iodine or bromine; and

(iv) 0.1 ppm ozone water solution for not less than ten minutes contact time.

(b) Product water pipelines shall, at a minimum, meet the following requirements:

(1) Kept free of scale, evidence of oxidation and residue.

(2) Cleaned on a daily basis by sanitizing with one of the following:

(i) water containing at least 200 ppm of chlorine for a minimum of five minutes, followed by flushing with finished product water; or

(ii) the continuous recirculation of at least 0.1 ppm ozonated water.

(c) Product equipment shall, at a minimum, meet the following requirements:

(1) Cappers shall be kept free of residue and sanitized on a daily basis.

(2) Hoppers shall be kept covered, free of residue and sanitized on a daily basis.

(3) Ozone mixing tanks and equipment, soft water tanks and other associated equipment shall be inspected on a monthly basis, disassembled if necessary, cleaned and sanitized as needed.

(4) Bottle washing equipment shall be kept free of paper residue and substances which may interfere with proper operation of jets. Internal sprays shall be checked daily to assure proper timing and adequate washing of bottles.

(5) Fillers shall be kept free from scale, evidence of oxidation and residue and shall be sanitized on a daily basis. Filling and capping operations shall be so conducted as to prevent contamination of water being bottled. The filler reservoir shall be kept covered at all times.

(d) Personnel shall, at a minimum meet the following requirements:

(1) Employees shall wear clean outer garments and caps while bottling, packaging water or sanitizing bottles and packages.

(2) Expectorating is prohibited, except into receptacles for wastewater or sewage.

(3) Before starting work and immediately after visiting a toilet, smoking, eating, drinking or any other activity that soils the hands, every person shall wash his hands and forearms with soap and warm water and thoroughly rinse them in clean water.

(4) No person affected by disease in a communicable form or while a carrier of such disease or while affected with boils, sores, infected wounds or other abnormal sources of microbiological contamination, shall knowingly be permitted to work in a bottled water plant in any capacity, if there is a reasonable possibility of finished product water becoming contaminated by such person or of disease being transmitted by such persons or other individuals.

(5) Tobacco shall not be used in any product-processing room.

(6) Eating and drinking is prohibited in product-processing rooms.


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