Quality Drinking Water

Drinking water on construction sites should be obtained and handled with care to prevent contamination.  Improper storage, distribution, or dispensing can lead to a number of communicable diseases.

Tips for safe water

  • An adequate supply of potable water should be provided in all places of employment
  • Containers used to dispense drinking water should be kept tightly closed and equipped with a tap
  • Water should not be dipped from containers
  • Any container used to distribute drinking water should be clearly marked as to the nature of its contents and not used for any other purpose
  • The use of a common drinking cup is prohibited
  • Single service cups should be used once and a sanitary container for the unused cups and a receptacle for disposing of the used cups should be provided
  • All water containers used to furnish drinking water should be thoroughly cleaned at least once each week or more often as conditions require
  • If using water bottles, store bottles out of direct sunlight
  • No drinking from hoses or unapproved sources.

Good fresh water will not only be better for you, it will also be more refreshing.  Remember to hydrate, before you are thirsty.


Presenter tips

  • Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
  • Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
  • Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.

Questions for Discussion

  • Why is it not good to expose water bottles to direct sunlight?
  • When is a good time to hydrate?