CHAPTER 361

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 173

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NOS. 1, 2 AND 3

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FLUORIDATION OF WATER SUPPLIES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend §124, Chapter I, Title 16 of the Delaware Code by redesignating all of present §124 as new subsection (b) and by inserting a new subsection (a), which new subsection shall read as follows:

"(a) In order to protect the dental health of all citizens, especially children, the Department of Health and Social Services shall promulgate rules to provide for the addition of fluoride to all municipal water supplies by the owners or official custodians thereof. Such rules shall provide for the addition of fluoride to the water supplies so as to maintain a fluoride content of not less than that currently specified by the Department's regulations.

( 1 ) By November 15, 1998, each municipal water system shall provide to the Department an estimate of the total capital costs to install the required fluoridation treatment and additional operating costs for the ongoing operation for flouridation treatment.

(2) The provisions of subsection (b) of this Section shall not apply to those municipalities which are required to comply with the mandates of subsection (a) of this Section."

Section 2. All expenditures necessary for compliance by municipal water suppliers, including ongoing operational expenses, shall be by specific appropriation by the General Assembly for a period of three years following enactment of this Act.

Approved July 6, 1998