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4.15.5 Clearances.

(1) Wall- and post-mounted cantilevered units shall have a clear knee space between the bottom of the apron and the floor or ground at least 27 in (685 mm) high, 30 in (760 mm) wide, and 17 in to 19 in (430 mm to 485 mm) deep (see Fig. 27(a) and (b)). Such units shall also have a minimum clear floor space 30 in by 48 in (760 mm by 1220 mm) to allow a person in a wheelchair to approach the unit facing forward.

In addition to clearances discussed in the text, the following knee clearance is required underneath the fountain: 27 inches (685 mm) minimum from the floor to the underside of the fountain which extends 8 inches (205 mm) minimum measured from the front edge underneath the fountain back towards the wall; if a minimum 9 inches (230 mm) of toe clearance is provided, a maximum of 6 inches (150 mm) of the 48 inches (1220 mm) of clear floor space required at the fixture may extend into the toe space. (4.15.2, 4.15.5)

Fig. 27 Drinking Fountains and Water Coolers

Plan diagram showing 30 inches x 48 inches minimum clear floor space at a drinking fountain or water cooler, positioned for forward approach and including knee/toe space.

Fig. 27 Drinking Fountains and Water Coolers

(2) Free-standing or built-in units not having a clear space under them shall have a clear floor space at least 30 in by 48 in (760 mm by 1220 mm) that allows a person in a wheelchair to make a parallel approach to the unit (see Fig. 27(c) and (d)). This clear floor space shall comply with 4.2.4.

Plan diagram showing 30 inches by 48 inches minimum clear floor space, positioned for side approach at a free-standing fountain or cooler

Fig. 27 Drinking Fountains and Water Coolers

Plan diagram showing 30 inches by 48 inches minimum clear floor space, positioned for side approach at a built-in fountain or cooler

Fig. 27 Drinking Fountains and Water Coolers

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