Florida Senate - 2019                                    SB 1100
       By Senator Montford
       3-01635B-19                                           20191100__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to water testing for pollution;
    3         creating s. 381.00621, F.S.; defining the term
    4         “pollution”; authorizing specified persons or
    5         businesses that suspect contamination of their private
    6         water system or multifamily water system or certain
    7         public water systems to request that the Department of
    8         Health or its agents test such system for pollution,
    9         under certain circumstances; requiring such testing to
   10         be done within a specified timeframe; amending s.
   11         381.0063, F.S.; requiring that certain funds be placed
   12         into the appropriate County Health Department Trust
   13         Fund; providing an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Section 381.00621, Florida Statutes, is created
   18  to read:
   19         381.00621 Testing for contamination.—
   20         (1) DEFINITION.—As used in this section, the term
   21  “pollution” means a physical, biological, chemical, or
   22  radiological substance or matter in the air, the land, or the
   23  waters of the state.
   24         (2) WATER TESTING.—
   25         (a) If pollution exists in an area that could impact a
   26  private water system, multifamily water system, or public water
   27  system not subject to the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act, and
   28  the pollution may impact such water system and result in a
   29  violation of water quality standards adopted by the department
   30  or the Department of Environmental Protection, any potentially
   31  impacted resident, business, or property owner may request the
   32  department or its agents to test the water source for
   33  contamination.
   34         (b) If the department receives a request under paragraph
   35  (a), the department or its agents must collect water samples
   36  from the system’s water source and must submit the samples to a
   37  department laboratory or a department-certified drinking water
   38  laboratory for contaminant analysis. The analysis must be
   39  completed as expeditiously as possible, but not later than 3
   40  business days after the department’s receipt of the request
   41  under paragraph (a).
   42         Section 2. Section 381.0063, Florida Statutes, is amended
   43  to read:
   44         381.0063 Drinking water funds.—All fees and penalties
   45  received from suppliers of water pursuant to ss. 403.860(5) and
   46  403.861(7)(a) shall be deposited in the appropriate County
   47  Health Department Trust Fund to be used by the department to pay
   48  the costs of expenditures required pursuant to ss. 381.0062,
   49  381.00621, and 403.862(1)(c).
   50         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.