National Electrical Installation Standards

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Question:

Hello there thanks for the service!!! The water cooler question the other day, bottle water coolers do not need GFCI protection and drinking fountains do...

Yelena Hopper

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Answer:

Hey Yelena thanks for your comment, sorry we missed it back in September. As of the 2017 NEC drinking water coolers need GFCI protection as stated in 422.5(A)(2). This includes bottle water coolers and drinking fountains that are listed as drinking water coolers.

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