Q May a county provide bottled water, sports drinks in powder form, or bottled sports drinks to county employees who work in extreme working conditions?

A Yes, if the Board of Supervisors makes a finding on its minutes that the re-hydration of these employees is necessary due to their job duties and extreme working conditions. The county may then provide bottled water and sports drinks to these employees while they are performing their duties under these conditions. Sports drinks generally consist of those beverages which re-hydrate, boost energy, and replenish electrolytes. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Nowak September 16, 2016)