Florida Senate - 2020 SB 168 By Senator Cruz 18-00075A-20 2020168__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to drinking water in public schools; 3 creating s. 1013.29, F.S.; providing legislative 4 findings; defining terms; subject to legislative 5 appropriation, requiring each school district to 6 install filters that meet certain specifications on 7 drinking water sources; requiring such schools to post 8 certain signage on certain water sources and to 9 publish specified information on the school district’s 10 website; authorizing school districts to request 11 additional funding to compensate school district staff 12 for the installation or replacement of filters; 13 providing for rulemaking; providing an appropriation; 14 providing an effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 1013.29, Florida Statutes, is created to 19 read: 20 1013.29 Prevention of lead in drinking water in public 21 schools.— 22 (1) The Legislature finds that: 23 (a) The adverse health effects of lead exposure in children 24 and adults are well documented and no safe blood lead level in 25 children has been identified; 26 (b) Lead accumulates in the body and can be ingested from 27 various sources, including water sources used for drinking, food 28 preparation, or cooking; and 29 (c) All sources of lead should be controlled or eliminated 30 to prevent childhood lead poisoning. 31 (2) As used in this section, the term: 32 (a) “Drinking water source” means any water source used for 33 drinking, food preparation, or cooking. The term also includes 34 water fountains, ice makers, and kitchen sinks. 35 (b) “Point of use filter” or “filter” means a water 36 filtration system that treats water at a single tap. 37 (3) Subject to the appropriation of funds by the 38 Legislature, for each district school that was built before 39 1986, each school district shall: 40 (a) Install a point of use filter that reduces the lead 41 content in drinking water on each drinking water source and 42 maintain such filters in a manner consistent with the 43 manufacturer’s recommendations. 44 1. The filter must be installed by a school district staff 45 member. 46 2. The filter or all of its component parts must meet the 47 NSF International/American National Standards Institute Standard 48 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units-Health Effects. 49 3. The filter must have a certified capacity of 7,900 50 gallons and, at a minimum, must be changed or replaced annually. 51 (b) Post a conspicuous sign near each school water source 52 that is not a drinking water source. The sign must include 53 wording and an image that clearly communicate that water from 54 the source should not be used for human consumption or, if 55 applicable, for food preparation or cooking. 56 (c) Publish on its website a list of drinking water sources 57 at such schools. At a minimum, the list must include, for each 58 drinking water source, all of the following: 59 1. The date on which the current filter was installed. 60 2. The date on which the current filter is scheduled to be 61 replaced. 62 3. The location of each drinking water source. 63 4. Any actions necessary to comply with the requirements of 64 this section which have been completed or are pending. 65 (4) Each school district may request additional funds for 66 the purpose of compensating school district staff for the 67 installation or replacement of filters. 68 (5) The Department of Education shall adopt rules to 69 administer this section. 70 Section 2. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the sum of $3 71 million in recurring funds is appropriated from the General 72 Revenue Fund to the Department of Education for the purpose of 73 implementing s. 1013.29, Florida Statutes, as created by this 74 act. 75 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.