Florida Senate - 2020                                    SB 1798
       By Senator Bradley
       5-01458A-20                                           20201798__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to environmental protection; amending
    3         s. 373.229, F.S.; requiring water management district
    4         governing boards to charge a specified fee for certain
    5         consumptive use permits for bottled drinking water;
    6         defining terms; providing an effective date.
    8  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   10         Section 1. Subsection (5) is added to section 373.229,
   11  Florida Statutes, to read:
   12         373.229 Application for permit.—
   13         (5) Notwithstanding s. 373.109, the governing board of a
   14  water management district shall charge a fee of at least $1
   15  million for a consumptive use permit to directly or indirectly
   16  use water derived from a spring for bottled drinking water. The
   17  water management district shall use the funds received under
   18  this subsection for springs restoration, which includes
   19  implementation of projects that improve water quality, recharge
   20  flow, and protect habitat in any spring system within the
   21  district. As used in this subsection, the terms:
   22         (a)“Bottled drinking water means all water that is sealed
   23  in bottles, packages, or other containers and offered for sale
   24  for human consumption, including bottled mineral water.
   25         (b)Water derived from a spring means water derived from
   26  an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the
   27  surface of the earth in the manner described in 21 C.F.R.
   28  165.110(a)(2)(vi).
   29         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.