Florida Senate - 2023                                     SB 592
       By Senator Powell
       24-01890-23                                            2023592__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to notice of contaminated water
    3         systems; amending s. 381.0062, F.S.; requiring the
    4         Department of Health and its agents to require
    5         suppliers of water to give public notice of water
    6         problems and corrective measures through text messages
    7         to owners or occupants of affected residences;
    8         requiring specified information to be included in the
    9         notice by text message; providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Paragraph (j) of subsection (2) of section
   14  381.0062, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   15         381.0062 Supervision; private and certain public water
   16  systems.—
   17         (2) SUPERVISION.—The department and its agents shall have
   18  general supervision and control over all private water systems,
   19  multifamily water systems, and public water systems not covered
   20  or included in the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act (part VI of
   21  chapter 403), and over those aspects of the public water supply
   22  program for which it has the duties and responsibilities
   23  provided for in part VI of chapter 403. The department shall:
   24         (j) Require suppliers of water to give public notice of
   25  water problems and corrective measures under the conditions
   26  specified by rule of the department. Such notice must also be
   27  provided by text message to each owner or occupant of affected
   28  residences in which health hazards exist due to contamination
   29  from pollutants or hazardous substances. The notice by text
   30  message must include the date of the findings of contamination,
   31  the levels of contamination found, and the date of restoration
   32  of potable water.
   33         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.