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Section 614 Emergency Drinking Water Access

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614.1 Buildings Required to Provide Alternative Potable Water Access
Buildings that supply potable water from the public water main for dwelling units and sleeping units in Occupancy Groups I-1, R-1, R-2, and R-3 with the assistance of pumps shall provide additional fixtures that in an emergency when such pumps are inoperable are capable of supplying potable water from the public water main to the building utilizing only the available pressure from the public water main. Such fixtures shall comply with Sections 614.1.1 through 614.1.5.
Exception: Buildings where the pumps used to supply potable water for the dwelling units or sleeping units are connected to an emergency or a standby power system that complies with the requirements of Chapter 27 of the New York City Building Code.
614.1.1 Emergency Water Fixture
Fixtures capable of supplying an emergency source of potable water in accordance with this section shall consist of a faucet conforming to Section 424 or a fixture conforming to Section 424 that is capable of attaching to a splitter either:
  1. a sink conforming to Section 418; or
  2. a floor drain conforming to Section 412.
614.1.2 Number of Emergency Water Fixtures Required
One such fixture shall be provided for each 100 occupants as determined by the occupant load of the building.
614.1.3 Access to Emergency Water Fixtures
Fixtures capable of supplying an emergency source of potable water in accordance with this section shall be located indoors in one or more common areas of the building. Such area shall be on an accessible route that complies with Section 1104.3 of the New York City Building Code. Where such area requires users to pass through a doorway to access the emergency water fixture, such area shall further comply with Section 1107.3 of the New York City Building Code. Emergency fixtures shall comply with Section 1109.12 of the New York City Building Code.

Exception: Such fixtures shall not be located in a bathroom or toilet room.
614.1.4 Signage
Fixtures capable of supplying an emergency source of potable water in accordance with this section shall be identified by a legible sign stating: "EMERGENCY DRINKING WATER." Signs shall be readily visible and located near such fixtures and on the door to any room or closet in which such a fixture is located.
614.1.5 Retroactive Requirement for Existing Buildings
Existing buildings greater than five stories that supply potable water from the public water main for dwelling units and sleeping units in Occupancy Groups I-1, R-1, R-2, and R-3 with the assistance of pumps shall be provided with fixtures capable of supplying an emergency source of potable water in accordance with this section within 8 years after the effective date of this section.

Exception: Areas in such existing buildings greater than five stories where emergency fixtures are installed are not required to comply with Section 1104.3 or 1107.3 of the New York City Building Code unless where required pursuant to Section 1101.3.

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