6-B THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, Thursday, March 8, 1984
2-year-old well field issue resolved
By GIL KLEIN Water district officials been the accumulated effect of all the
Tribune Staff Writer well fields in northwest Hillsborough
approved permits for County," said Margaret Sistrunk, speak-
Warning that northwest Hillsborough ing for the Keystone Park Civic Associa-
County has reached its limit for supply-: what they said may be tion as well as for a coalition of civic as-
ing water, the Southwest Florida Water sociations in northwest Hillsborough
Management District Wednesday ap- the final well fields County that had formed to fight the per-
proved permits for three well fields that allowed to pump water mits.
have been mired in controversy for two "You've backed us into a corner, and
years. w out of northwest we have no choice but to go along," she
SThose well fields will be pumping al said. "But this is it. You have to agree
combined total of 34 million gallons of Hillsborough County. that northwest Hillsborough County has
water on an average day, and they will reached its limit. Please, let .his be the
be sending 26 million of those gallons to last one."
St. Petersburg, while the rest will serve providing enough water to fight fires. District Chairman Bruce Samson
subdivisions in northwest Hillsborough What makes many residents in that agreed with her.
County. part of the county angry is that the well "Every indication is that we are right
Two of those well fields are not new. fields are causing lake levels to drop and at the point that you stated," he said.
The Cosme-Odessa and the Section 21 are reducing water pressure in private Steve Walker, the district's attorney,
well fields have been pumping water-to wells. The new permits would set pump- said the staff is working on the scientific
St. Petersburg for years, and the renewal ing levels through 1992, and many resi- information that can be used to make a
of the permits they were seeking actually dents thought they were too high. About legal case for the district to restrict
allow them to pump less water on an 500 people had signed up to object. water pumping from northwest Hillsbor-
average day. The issue has been hammered out ough.
The third well field, the Northwest through months of negotiations with the.. If more water is needed for growth in
Hillsborough Regional, will be replacing water management district's staff and northwest Hillsborough, the district's
S 39 wells run by small water supply com- before a state hearing officer. The main staff said, it will have to come through
panies that have been providing water to objectors had reached a -compromise conservation, by recycling treated waste
subdivisions. with the West Coast Regional Water Sup- water, by pumping it from the Tampa By-
One standard water supply was ply Authority, the agency that ensures a pass Canal, through desalination of low-
needed for that area, the district said, be- water supply for Hillsborough, Pinellas quality water, or by some other means
cause the small companies were having and Pasco counties. that does not require creating a new well
trouble meeting peak demands and "Ffom the beginning our concern has field.
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