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\ fLt Water B anagenenrL District
S E T. P. 0. BOX 457 BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA 33512
DERRILL McATEER, Chairman, Brooksville JOHN A. ANDERSON, Treasurer, St. Petersburg DAVID HIPP, Williston
A. M. PICKARD, Vice Chairman, Lakeland HERMAN BEVILLE, Bushnell PAUL F. HUBBARD, Oklawaha
GE EDWARD MEDARD, Secretary, Tampa S. C. BEXLEY, JR., Land OLakes BOYCE A. WILLIAM, Leeburg
Dale Twachtmann, Executive Director
Decem er 12, 1969
Mr. C. Eugene Lent, Jr.
Florida Engineering Society
1906 Lee Road
Orland Florida 32810
Dear Mr. Lent:
Thank you very much for your letter of December 8, 1969 responding to
Mrs. Oleson's letter to you of December 2, 1969. From your letter it
appeared that there may be some misunderstanding between our two
organizations. It is certainly not our intention to register professional
engineers, but only the actual drillers, as such, and the firms by whom
they are employed. We do, however, want very much to meet with a
representative group of engineers in order to discuss the District's pro-
gram and to develop methods of implementation which would be most
practical for all concerned while still achieving our final goals.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District (Regulatory) takes the
view that some engineering testing laboratories, or drillers under con-
tract to them do, in fact, drill wells at times. Although the purpose in
drilling such holes would be, say, foundation testing, yet if the hole pene-
trates a water bearing stratum or aquifer, the hole may become a water
well whether ever used to supply water or not. Such holes that penetrate
an aquifer and are not adequately plugged upon completion of the use for
which they were drilled can serve to allow surface water to drain through
the well bore into the aquifer with potential of carrying surficial contami-
nants or pollutants into an aquifer.
Or, where such holes penetrate an artesian aquifer, artesian water may
I either flow upward through the bore hole to waste at the land surface, or
i flow laterally into lower-pressure aquifers above the artesian aquifer.
We must protect our ground-water resources from waste, depletion, con-
i tamination and'pollution. Thus, we intend to do our best to see to it that
| careless drilling, whether done by a foundation driller or a water well
Sdriller, does not endanger our water resources. And this is the only rea-
son that our Board of Governors has included certain categories of test
I drilling in our code of Rules and Regulations.
Building a modem Ark The "Four River Basins, Florida" project
Mr. C. Eugene Lent, Jr.
December 12, 1969
Actually, under Section 357R-1. 03(13) entitled "Exemptions", all engineer-
ing test holes, soil sampling holes, etc. are exempted if such holes do not
penetrate an aquifer. Mere sampling of soil, or of non-aquifers, does not
interest us inasmuch as such sampling cannot be construed to be injurious
to the water resources.
A copy of the Rules and Regulations, "Orders of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District (Regulatory)" dated October l, 1969, is appended for
your information. See particularly the section referred to above on page 4.
If we can be of any additional help, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Garald G. Parker
bc: M M. G. Gibbons
r. L. M. 3lain
Col. J. V. Sollohub
Dr. R. 0. Vernon
Mr. Burl L. Dunlap
Mr. John W. Kriska
U. S. Geological Survey, Tampa
U. S. Geological Survey, Tallahassee