drinking water

There are more than 4,000 public schools in Florida. Democratic State Sen. Janet Cruz of Tampa is co-sponsoring a bill to filter lead out of the water used for drinking and cooking at all of them.

Cruz thinks there's money in the budget to pay for filters to remove lead from water used for drinking or cooking at public schools.

The threat of sea-level rise stretches well beyond the coastline.

Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to modernize Putnam County’s water supply system after the county administrator requested the federal help nearly a year ago.  

Dozens of Florida communities were advised to boil their drinking water for a period of time in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, including in Hollywood, Pembroke Pines and West Palm Beach.

Making Your Water Safe After Irma

Sep 15, 2017

Several Florida counties - and some Tampa Bay area communities - remain under boil water notices after Hurricane Irma. The Florida Department of Health has tips for people living in those places.

Every county in Southwest Florida has logged at least one violation according to a new report on the nation’s tap water. Some had as many as six.

The Leon County School Board is planning a special meeting to discuss lead levels in the district’s drinking water.

Debate Continues Over Fluoridation

Sep 26, 2016
Kaiser Health News

Many people take for granted the addition of fluoride into public drinking water systems that aims to prevent tooth decay. It’s a seven-decade-old public health effort. But it’s not nearly as universally accepted.

Health workers are piecing together a complicated puzzle in El Paso County, Colo. In January, three cities — Security, Fountain and Widefield — noticed synthetic chemicals known as PFCs in the drinking water.

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  Florida environmental regulators passed new rules Tuesday that will increase the levels of some toxic chemicals allowed in Florida's water.

Florida Needs $16.5B For Water System Infrastructure

Sep 28, 2015
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

With a burgeoning population and aging water systems, Florida will need $16.5 billion in funding over the next 20 years just to maintain its existing drinking water infrastructure, according to estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Following hours of debate, Wellington’s city council voted 3-2 late Tuesday to stop adding fluoride to its drinking water, the Palm Beach Post reports.

The village, which is known for hosting international polo and equestrian events, has been using fluoride for 14 years, ever since public health authorities reached consensus that it was safe and prevented tooth decay, especially in children.

Two incumbents who voted to abandon fluoride in Pinellas' drinking water lost their seats to former state lawmakers Janet Long and Charlie Justice, who campaigned on the issue.