Session of 1997
SENATE BILL No. 247
By Committee on Public Health and Welfare
9 AN ACT concerning public water supply systems; requiring the addition
10 of fluorides; amending K.S.A. 65-171m and repealing the existing
13 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
14 Section 1. K.S.A. 65-171m is hereby amended to read as follows: 65-
15 171m. The secretary of health and environment shall adopt rules and
16 regulations for the implementation of K.S.A. 65-162a, 65-163, 65-163a,
17 65-170b and 65-171m et seq., and amendments thereto. In addition to
18 procedural rules and regulations, the secretary may adopt rules and reg-
19 ulations providing for but not limited to: (a) Primary drinking water stan-
20 dards applicable to all public water supply systems in the state. The pri-
21 mary drinking water standards may (1) identify contaminants which may
22 have an adverse effect on the health of persons; (2) specify for each con-
23 taminant either a maximum contaminant level that is acceptable in water
24 for human consumption, if it is economically and technologically feasible
25 to ascertain the level of such contaminant in water in public water supply
26 systems; or the treatment techniques or methods which lead to a reduc-
27 tion of the level of the contaminant sufficient to protect the public health,
28 if it is not economically or technologically feasible to ascertain the level
29 of the contaminant in the water in the public water supply system;
30 (b) establish the (b) the establishment of requirements for adequate mon-
31 itoring, maintenance of records and submission of reports, sampling and
32 analysis of water, citing criteria and review and inspections to insure com-
33 pliance with the contaminant levels or methods of treatment and to insure
34 proper operation and maintenance of the public water supply system; and
35 (c) the definition of different categories of public water supply systems
36 such as community water supply systems and noncommunity water supply
37 systems and may provide for varying requirements for monitoring, main-
38 tenance of records and reporting, sampling and analysis of water, citing
39 criteria, and review and inspections based on numbers of persons served,
40 source of supply whether surface or groundwater or other conditions as
41 the secretary may determine to be in the interest of public health and
42 welfare and economic benefits.
43 The standards established under this section shall be at least as strin-
1 gent as the national primary drinking water regulations adopted under
2 public law 93-523.
No primary drinking water standard or rule and reg-
3 ulation may require the addition of fluorides to public water supplies.
4 New Sec. 2. (a) In order to promote public health through the pro-
5 tection and maintenance of dental health, the secretary of health and
6 environment shall adopt rules and regulations requiring fluoridation of
7 all community public water systems where natural fluoride levels are less
8 than the minimum level necessary to protect and maintain dental health.
9 All public water supply systems required to fluoridate their drinking wa-
10 ter, shall do so no later than July 1, 2001. Upon request by the public
11 water supply system, the Kansas department of health and environment
12 may offer technical assistance and training on system installation, opera-
13 tion and funding.
14 (b) The rules and regulations shall include, but not be limited to, the
16 (1) The minimum level of natural fluoride to be provided by a public
17 water supply system to be exempted from the requirement to install fluor-
18 idation equipment.
19 (2) Minimum and maximum permissible concentrations of fluoride
20 to be maintained by fluoridation of public water supply systems.
21 (3) Requirements and procedures for maintaining proper concentra-
22 tions of fluoride, including equipment, testing, recordkeeping and re-
24 (4) Requirements for the addition of fluorides to public water supply
25 systems where the natural level of fluorides is less than the minimum
26 level specified in the regulations for exemption from fluoridation require-
28 Sec. 3. K.S.A. 65-171m is hereby repealed.
29 Sec. 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
30 publication in the statute book.