Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1706 By Senator Montford 3-00505A-20 20201706__ 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 systems, multifamily water systems, or certain 7 public water systems to request that the Department of 8 Health or its agents test such source for pollution, 9 under certain circumstances; requiring such testing to 10 be done within a specified timeframe and follow 11 certain procedures; amending s. 381.0063, F.S.; 12 revising the specified purposes that funds in a County 13 Health Department Trust Fund may be used for to 14 include the costs and expenditures related to certain 15 water testing provisions; providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Section 381.00621, Florida Statutes, is created 20 to read: 21 381.00621 Testing for contamination.— 22 (1) DEFINITION.—As used in this section, the term 23 “pollution” means the presence in the outdoor land, air, or 24 waters of the state of any substance, contaminant, or manmade or 25 human-induced impairment or alteration of the chemical, 26 physical, biological, or radiological integrity of a water 27 source in quantities that are or may be potentially harmful or 28 injurious to human health or welfare. 29 (2) WATER TESTING.— 30 (a) If a governmental entity discovers or confirms that 31 pollution exists in an area which could impact a private water 32 system, multifamily water system, or public water system not 33 subject to the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act, and result in a 34 violation of water quality standards adopted by the department 35 or the Department of Environmental Protection, any potentially 36 affected resident, business, or property owner may request the 37 department or its agents to test the water source for 38 contamination relating to the pollution identified by the 39 governmental entity. 40 (b) If the department receives a request under paragraph 41 (a), the department or its agents must collect water samples 42 from the system’s water source, or receive water samples from 43 the system’s water source collected using methods acceptable to 44 the department, and submit the samples to a department 45 laboratory or a department-certified drinking water laboratory 46 for contaminant analysis. The analysis must be completed as 47 expeditiously as possible, but not later than 7 business days 48 after the department’s receipt of a request under paragraph (a). 49 (c) The department must provide information sufficient for 50 a resident, business, or property owner who makes a request and 51 receives the results of testing done under this section to 52 understand whether the sample contains contaminants that exceed 53 water quality standards. 54 Section 2. Section 381.0063, Florida Statutes, is amended 55 to read: 56 381.0063 Drinking water funds.—All fees and penalties 57 received from suppliers of water pursuant to ss. 403.860(5) and 58 403.861(7)(a) shall be deposited in the appropriate County 59 Health Department Trust Fund to be used by the department to pay 60 the costs of expenditures required pursuant to ss. 381.0062, 61 381.00621, and 403.862(1)(c). 62 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.