HB 2686 states that fluoridation of community water supplies is the single most effective public health measure to prevent dental decay. Studies indicate that water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing dental decay by 20-40%, even in an era with widespread availability of fluoride from other sources such as toothpaste. Therefore, the legislature intends to promote drinking water to replace high sugar beverages and enable public school students to easily access tap water during scheduled lunch periods.
In the context of this bill, "tap water" means water from a publicly accessible water source within a school building. Tap water may include bottled water only if the source is generally accessible to all students. Tap water does not include individual, commercially produced bottles of water.