.16 Milk Physical Plant Requirements.

A. Water used at a milk facility shall:

(1) Be obtained from a potable water supply system that complies with:

(a) Environment Article, Title 9, Annotated Code of Maryland;

(b) COMAR 26.04.04; and

(c) The Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance;

(2) Be installed in a manner that prevents backflow or back-siphoning; and

(3) Be separate from a non-potable water supply system so that non-potable water cannot be drawn or discharged into the potable water supply system;

(4) Provide hot and cold running water in areas where milk processing equipment is washed; and

(5) Have sufficient water capacity, pressure, and hot water generation and distribution available to meet peak demands throughout the washing system.

B. Hand sinks shall have:

(1) Either:

(a) Hot and cold running water under pressure; or

(b) Warm running water;

(2) A supply of hand-cleaning soap or detergent; and

(3) A sanitary means of drying hands, such as individual towels or a hand-drying device.

C. A sewage system shall be constructed and operated in conformance with applicable State and local laws, ordinances, and regulations and the Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.

D. Plumbing shall be sized, installed, and maintained in accordance with applicable State and local plumbing laws, ordinances, and regulations.

E. Electrical systems at the facility shall:

(1) Comply with State and local electrical laws, ordinances, and regulations;

(2) Provide adequate lighting sources that furnish at least 40 foot-candles of light in all working areas in all rooms where:

(a) Milk or milk products are handled, processed, packaged, or stored; or

(b) Containers, utensils, and equipment are washed; and

(3) Provide adequate lighting sources that furnish at least 20 foot-candles of light in dry storage and cold storage rooms.