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Florida Senator raising money for water filters in Hillsborough County schools

Schools shut off water fountains due to lead
Posted at 5:38 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 08:10:41-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Florida Senator Janet Cruz is starting a fundraising effort to make sure Hillsborough County students have clean water.

Cruz says she wants to raise $250,000 to add water filters at 136 schools.

We told you last year that 54 schools in Hillsborough County tested above the Federal standard last year.

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The news comes after a bill, introduced by Cruz, failed to make its way to the Governors desk. If passed, the bill would've added water filters in all schools in the state.

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Senator Cruz is still in the beginning phases of fundraising. We'll keep you updated on her plans.

We reached out to Hillsborough County schools for a comment but have not heard back yet.