TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
PART 890 ILLINOIS PLUMBING CODE
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SECTION 890.650 WATER CLOSETS
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Section 890.650  Water Closets

 

a)         Public Use.

 

1)         Water closet bowls for public use shall be the elongated type and the seat shall be an antimicrobial plastic open-front seat. Exception:  Water closet bowls for public use may have closed front seats provided the seat is encased with a continuous plastic sleeve capable of providing a clean surface for every user.

 

2)         The activating handle, button or mechanism of the flush valve shall be at least 10  inches above the overflow rim of the bowl and not more than 44 inches above the floor.

           

3)         In schools that are not licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as day care centers or homes, water closets provided for the use of children under 5  years of age shall be of size and height suitable for children's use, either child or juvenile type in accordance with ASME/ANSI A112.19.2M-1998 .

 

4)         Water closets designed for institutional use may be used in intensive care facilities and intensive coronary care facilities provided the water closet swings only horizontally and has an integral trap.  A water closet flushometer shall be used to flush the fixture.  The plans and specifications shall be submitted to the Department for approval prior to installation, and such approval shall be in writing from the Department provided the above requirements are met.

 

b)         Water Closet Tanks.  Water closet tanks shall have a volume sufficient to properly flush the water closet bowls with which they are connected.

 

c)         Ball cocks.  Ball cocks for flush tanks shall be of the anti-siphon type, properly installed, and have a provision for trap refill.

 

d)         Flushing Device.  The flush valve seat in all water closet tanks shall be 1  inch or more above the flood level rim of the water closet bowl, with the exception of one-piece water closets in accordance with ASME/ANSI A112.19.2M-1998 .

 

e)         Flushometer Valve.  Flushometer valves shall comply with ANSI/ASSE 1037-1990.  Flushometer valves shall be installed so that they are readily accessible for repair.  When the valve is operated, it shall complete the cycle of operation automatically, opening fully and closing completely under the service pressure.  At each operation the valve shall deliver water in sufficient volume and at a rate that will thoroughly flush the fixture and refill the fixture trap.  Means shall be provided for regulating flush valve flow.  Protection against backflow shall be provided by an approved vacuum breaker installed on the discharge side of the flushing valve.  The bottom of the vacuum breaker, or the critical level line shown on the vacuum breaker, shall be at least 4  inches above the overflow rim of the bowl (see Section 890.1140(a) and (b)).  Not more than one water closet shall be served by a single flushometer valve.

 

f)          Seats.  Water closets shall be equipped with seats of smooth non-absorbent material.  All seats of water closets provided for public use shall be an antimicrobial plastic material and an open-front style, except closed-front seats may be provided if the seat is encased with a continuous plastic sleeve ensuring a clean surface for every user.  No water closet seat shall be more than 1½  inches thick.  Exception:  Facilities for the physically disabled shall comply with the Illinois Accessibility Code.

 

g)         A flushometer tank (or pressurized flushometer valve in accordance with ANSI/ASSE 1037-1990) shall be used only with a water closet bowl specifically designed for that type tank/flushing device (i.e., in accordance with ASME/ANSI A112.19.2M-1998 ) and where the flow pressure at the fixture meets the manufacturer's minimum recommendations.

 

h)         Water closets which rely on substances other than water for proper operation shall comply with requirements of the Private Sewage Disposal Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 905).  Privies and chemical toilets shall not be used inside any building.

 

i)          Bidet.  A bidet shall be equipped with hot and cold, tempered and cold, or tempered water only .  An atmospheric vacuum breaker shall be installed on the discharge side of the flushing valve.  The bottom of the vacuum breaker, or the critical level line shown on the vacuum breaker, shall be at least 4  inches above the overflow rim of the bidet.

 

j)          Prohibited Water Closets.  Hopper-style water closets and water closets with concealed couplings or submerged side inlets are prohibited.  (See Appendix F:  Illustration A.)

 

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(Source:  Amended at 28 Ill. Reg. 4215, effective February 18, 2004)