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.
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.