Polk To Oppose Proposed
Well Drilling Regulations
'BARTOW (By Staff Writer) four members of the Peace sioners to elicit support from
Polk County commissioners River Basin Board calling for the local authorities in the
yesterday voted opposition to separation of the PRBB from SWFWMD opposition to the
well drilling regulations pro- ,the parent SWFWMD organi- proposal.
posed by the Southwest Flor- zation. Commission Chairman
Sida Water Management Dis- Floyd Woods, however, said
trict and, in a separate action, The letter said the the proposal "is a problem be-
"voted to leave other problems SW F WMD "strongly" dis- tween their own people and
of the SWFWMD up to that agrees with a request by the legislature (which would
unit. members of the Peace Basin have to enact any separation
A letter addressed to the Board that it be divorced from authority), and I don't think
Polk commissioners was the parent district and rein- this board (of Polk commis-
recently received from the corporate as a separate body sioners) should take a position
SWFWMD seeking a meeting with taxation powers. on it."
between representatives of the The other commissioners
two boards so SWFWMD offi- SWFWMD Board Chairman agreed with his view.
cials could explain their objec- J. S. McAteer asked for a They did take a definite po-
rtions to a proposal signed by meeting with Polk commis- sition, though, on another
S.. ... communication from the
SWFWMD regarding restric-
tions on well drillers.
The SWFWMD has proposed I
Sa list of ground water regu- 1
Stations, most of which involve
certification of well drillers
Sand a requirement for specific
Permits for all wells of 3-inch
diameter or larger.
Polk commissioners noted
that many small volume wells
.!;serving homes and small busi-
Sness or agricultural enter-
[ prises are of 4-inch diameter.
They indicated a belief that
only major water users should
be controlled by the recently-
i created ground water regu-
r latory district.
The commissioners said per-
Smits should be required only
,. for wells of 5-inch diameter or
They voted to send a dclega-
,'. tion to Brooksville for a public
;' hearing next Wednesday to op-
S. pose current provisions of the
drilling regulations and seek a
'. minimum controlled size of 5
inches rather than 3 inches.
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