The Florida Department of Health says it will be enforcing a new state law that requires water filters on citrus springs to prevent the spread of salmonella bacteria that have been spreading in citrus gardens in Orange County.
The ban will take effect on Monday.
“This is a first step toward cleaning up the Orange County environment,” said John J. Gaudette, a spokesman for Gov.
“We’ll have more enforcement and penalties coming.”
Gaudette said that the law, which went into effect on July 1, takes effect the day after the Legislature adjourns for the summer.
The law is designed to curb the spread and spread of Salmonella through the summer months, when millions of people visit Florida for vacation.
Gaudettes office said it is not yet clear when the new regulations will go into effect.
The department did not provide a list of county officials or where it said they will enforce the law.
The state also will require that water filters be added to citrus fields for residents and nonresidents alike, and the water must be used at least every two weeks.
The filters must be applied to citrus and garden plants, not in the water, and they must be placed on the same spot where the water is collected.
The new law also requires that citrus and fruit growers apply their own filters for the same period of time as the filters.
It also requires water providers to test all water for salmonellosis.