Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1648 By Senator Farmer 34-00509E-22 20221648__ 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 the term “drinking water source”; 5 requiring each school district to install a specified 6 number of water bottle filling stations with certified 7 point-of-use filters installed to remove lead; 8 requiring each school district to identify all 9 drinking water sources, install a barcode on each 10 source, and install filters that meet certain 11 specifications on all such sources; requiring that the 12 filters be replaced or maintained in a specified 13 manner; requiring each school district to post certain 14 signage on certain water sources and to publish 15 specified information on the school district’s 16 website; requiring each school district to create and 17 publish on its website a list of schools that are not 18 in compliance with certain requirements by a specified 19 date; requiring each school district to update its 20 list on a monthly basis; authorizing each school 21 district to use specified funds for certain purposes; 22 providing an effective date. 23 24 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 25 26 Section 1. Section 1013.29, Florida Statutes, is created to 27 read: 28 1013.29 Prevention of lead in drinking water in public 29 schools.— 30 (1) The Legislature finds that: 31 (a) The adverse health effects of lead exposure in children 32 and adults are well documented, and no safe blood lead level in 33 children has been identified; 34 (b) Lead accumulates in the body and can be ingested from 35 various sources, including water sources used for drinking, food 36 preparation, or cooking; and 37 (c) All sources of lead should be controlled or eliminated 38 to prevent childhood lead poisoning. 39 (2) As used in this section, the term “drinking water 40 source” means any water source used for drinking, food 41 preparation, or cooking. 42 (3) For each district school, each school district shall do 43 all of the following: 44 (a) Install a minimum of one water bottle filling station 45 per 100 students which has a certified point-of-use filter 46 installed to remove lead. A school district may satisfy this 47 requirement by replacing existing drinking water fountains. 48 (b) Identify and install a barcode on all drinking water 49 sources. 50 (c)1. Install a filter that reduces lead in drinking water 51 on each drinking water source by the start of the 2023-2024 52 school year and thereafter maintain the filters to ensure that 53 lead concentration levels are below one part per billion. The 54 filters must be replaced no less frequently than provided for in 55 the manufacturer’s instructions. Filters and any replacement 56 filters must be certified as compliant with NSF/ANSI Standard 57 53. Sufficient filtered water must be available to meet the 58 drinking water needs of all students, faculty, and staff. 59 2. For each school cafeteria drinking water source, install 60 a filter that reduces lead in drinking water and, at a minimum, 61 maintain each filter in a manner consistent with the 62 manufacturer’s recommendations. The filter or all of the 63 filter’s component parts must meet NSF/ANSI Standard 53 or 64 NSF/ANSI Standard 61, as applicable. 65 (d) Post a conspicuous sign near each school water source 66 that is not a drinking water source. The sign must include 67 wording and an image that clearly communicate that water from 68 the source should not be used for human consumption or, if 69 applicable, food preparation or cooking. 70 (e) Publish on the school district’s website a list of all 71 drinking water sources at such schools. At a minimum, the list 72 must include for each drinking water source all of the 73 following: 74 1. The date on which the current filter was installed. 75 2. The date on which the current filter is scheduled to be 76 replaced. 77 3. The barcode identification number associated with the 78 source. 79 4. Any actions necessary to comply with the requirements of 80 this section which have been completed or are pending. 81 (4) Each school district shall create and publish on its 82 website no later than 30 days after the start of the 2023-2024 83 school year a list of schools that are not in compliance with 84 the requirements of subsection (3). Each school district shall 85 update its list on a monthly basis. 86 (5) Each school district may use any portion of its 87 allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Pub. L. 88 No. 117-2, which may be used for school facility repairs and 89 improvements to meet the requirements of this section. 90 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.