Florida Senate - 2020                              CS for SB 168
       By the Committee on Education; and Senators Cruz, Pizzo, Berman,
       Gibson, Book, Stewart, Rader, Rouson, Taddeo, Torres, and Farmer
       581-01392-20                                           2020168c1
    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 district boards to coordinate
    6         with district school boards to identify certain
    7         schools and to provide funding to such schools;
    8         requiring certain school districts to install filters
    9         that meet certain specifications on drinking water
   10         sources; requiring such schools to post certain
   11         signage on certain water sources and school boards to
   12         publish specified information on school district
   13         websites; authorizing district boards to request
   14         additional funding to compensate school district staff
   15         for the installation or replacement of filters;
   16         limiting the additional funding to not more than the
   17         amount appropriated; requiring the State Board of
   18         Education to adopt rules; providing an appropriation;
   19         providing an effective date.
   21  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   23         Section 1. Section 1013.29, Florida Statutes, is created to
   24  read:
   25         1013.29 Prevention of lead in drinking water in public
   26  schools.—
   27         (1) The Legislature finds that:
   28         (a) The adverse health effects of lead exposure in children
   29  and adults are well documented and no safe blood lead level in
   30  children has been identified;
   31         (b) Lead accumulates in the body and can be ingested from
   32  various sources, including water sources used for drinking, food
   33  preparation, or cooking; and
   34         (c) All sources of lead should be controlled or eliminated
   35  to prevent childhood lead poisoning.
   36         (2)As used in this section, the term:
   37         (a) “Drinking water source” means any water source used for
   38  drinking, food preparation, or cooking. The term also includes
   39  water fountains, ice makers, and kitchen sinks.
   40         (b) “Point of use filter” or “filter” means a water
   41  filtration system that treats water at a single tap.
   42         (3) Subject to the appropriation of funds by the
   43  Legislature, each district board as defined in s. 153.52 shall
   44  coordinate with its local district school board to determine
   45  which district schools were built before 1986 and shall provide
   46  funding to such schools for the purposes specified under this
   47  section. As applicable, each school district shall:
   48         (a) Install a point of use filter that reduces the lead
   49  content in drinking water on each drinking water source and
   50  maintain such filters in a manner consistent with the
   51  manufacturer’s recommendations.
   52         1. The filter must be installed by a school district staff
   53  member.
   54         2. The filter or all of its component parts must meet the
   55  NSF International/American National Standards Institute Standard
   56  53: Drinking Water Treatment Units-Health Effects.
   57         3. The filter must have a certified capacity of 7,900
   58  gallons and, at a minimum, must be changed or replaced annually.
   59         (b) Post a conspicuous sign near each school water source
   60  that is not a drinking water source. The sign must include
   61  wording and an image that clearly communicate that water from
   62  the source should not be used for human consumption or, if
   63  applicable, for food preparation or cooking.
   64         (c) The district school board shall publish on its website
   65  a list of drinking water sources at such schools. At a minimum,
   66  the list must include, for each drinking water source, all of
   67  the following:
   68         1. The date on which the current filter was installed.
   69         2. The date on which the current filter is scheduled to be
   70  replaced.
   71         3. The location of each drinking water source.
   72         4. Any actions necessary to comply with the requirements of
   73  this section which have been completed or are pending.
   74         (4) Each district board as defined in s. 153.52 may request
   75  additional funds for the purpose of compensating school district
   76  staff for the installation or replacement of filters. Funds
   77  provided pursuant to this subsection may not be more than the
   78  total appropriation provided to implement this section.
   79         (5) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
   80  administer this section.
   81         Section 2. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the sum of $3
   82  million in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the Drinking
   83  Water Revolving Loan Trust Fund to district boards as defined in
   84  s. 153.52, Florida Statutes, for the purpose of implementing s.
   85  1013.29, Florida Statutes, as created by this act.
   86         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.