S. ST PETERSBURG
r~ ._._ THE SUNSHINE CITY
May 27, 1977 7" ':.
Mr. Donald R. Feaster, Executive Director ,<
Southwest Florida Water Management District '
P. O. Box 457
Brooksville, FL 33511
It is interesting to observe the different manners in which
SWFAWMD applies its policies. Because of the City's and
County's spirit of cooperation, we supplied SWFWMD sufficient
data for regulation. As a result, water shortages were
created on our side of the bay because we were not allowed
to use existing wells to meet our public's water demands.
The District declared a water shortage, issued strong regu-
latory orders requiring sprinkler bands, use of other con-
servation measures, removal of parks, etc. from the public
water supply system, and not allowing new developments having
more than one-half acre of irrigation areas to connect to
City water. We cooperated and passed local ordinances to
carry out the orders.
The Cypress Creek Wellfield has been in the development stage
for several years. We were required drilling permits, lengthy
hearings for testing permits, extensive testing plans, environ-
mental assessment statement, an additional environmental study
and a start up plan using specific pumping schedules extending
in excess of one year.
Now, it is understood that Tampa is pumping their new wellfield
at 20 MGD without the District declaration of water shortage,
without District water use restrictions, without an approved
testing plan, without a District testing permit, without an
environmental assessment statement, without the advanced envi-
ronmental studies, and without public notice or hearings.
COUNCIL-MANAGER GOVERNMENT- R. E. HARBAUGH, CITY MANAGER
P.O. BOX 2842 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33731 (813) 893-7171
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Mr. Donald R. Feaster
May 27, 1977
I am sure Tampa needs the water. The decision to pump is
more than likely correct. It does seem inconsistent to not
allow local governments on one side of the bay to use their
facilities (thus causing a shortage) and allowing the use of
unregulated facilities to minimize shortages elsewhere.
Very truly yours,
Willia A. Duynslager, P. E.
Public Utilities Director
cc: Mr. Ruppel