Office of General Services

New York State Office of General Services

Approved EO4 Specifications

Drinking Fountains




To provide attractive tap water for drinking via accessible and convenient dispensers


Tap water must meet state and federal standards for safe drinking water. Using a water fountain to refill containers saves money for consumers and reduces the use and disposal of single-use plastic bottles, especially when installed in easily accessible, highly visible areas such as main hallways, waiting areas and cafeterias. Water fountains with bottle-refill spigots and bottle-less water coolers dispense water from the tap and eliminate the expense of purchasing single-use or bulk bottled water.

Typically, reusable drinking water containers have lower life-cycle costs and lower environmental impacts than single-use plastic bottles. Water coolers that utilize bottled water create waste and environmental impacts from the manufacture and disposal of the bottles and the transportation of the bottled water. Single use bottles of water carry similar environmental impacts and additionally create a potential for litter.


Indoor fountains are drinking fountains used by the public and workforce that are plumbed directly into the building water service. They can be either wall mounted or free standing.

Outdoor fountains are drinking fountains used by the public and workforce in an outdoor setting and are plumbed directly into a water supply.

Filtration is the process of removing undesirable chemical or biological contaminants including chemical substances that contribute to undesirable taste and odor.


In addition to meeting all federal and state laws, codes, rules and regulations for availability, accessibility and safe drinking water, drinking water fountains shall, where appropriate and cost competitive, provide the following:

For all drinking water fountains: For outdoor drinking water fountains: For indoor drinking water fountains: Affected entities are encouraged to: