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Senator Taddeo, District 40 — Press Release


December 4, 2019

CONTACT: Valentina Cortes, 2027142941

Senator Annette Taddeo and Representative Matt Willhite file Legislation Aimed at Fighting Abuse of Florida’s Water Supply

Tallahassee, Fla. – House Representative Matt Willhite (D-Wellington) files HB 861 with Senate colleague, Senator Annette Taddeo (D –Miami) who filed SB 1112 in the Senate. This proposed legislation will impose fees on bottle water operators for extracting water from State waters, including water from our Florida Springs.  The proceeds will be deposited in the Wastewater Treatment and Stormwater Management Revolving Loan Trust Fund, which will be eligible for federal matching funds, and be used for water infrastructure projects throughout the State.

"Florida is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, inhabiting roughly 900 new residents every day.” said Representative Willhite. “With such a growing population, we must ensure that all natural resources are shared fairly and equitably. Water is our most precious resource, and it is limited.  Therefore, we must make sure that we enact policies that reflect the increasing pressures on our water supply to ensure that we are sustaining these resources for all Floridians."

Senator Taddeo issued the following statement: "It is unconscionable that certain corporate water bottling companies exploit our state water, without paying their fair share, while all other companies who bottle water through municipalities pay for their water.  This is a corporate welfare loophole that has allowed these companies to exploit our precious water supply.  This bill will help us bring to an end this abusive practice,” said Senator Taddeo. “The funds generated from closing this loophole will be used to support much needed storm and wastewater treatment infrastructure throughout the state.” added Senator Taddeo.