Title: Letter enclosing Memorandum on West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority
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Title: Letter enclosing Memorandum on West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority
Alternate Title: Letter enclosing Memorandum on West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority with comments to assist the Department of Natural Resources in formulating recommendations to the Governor and Cabinet for creating the WCRWSA
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Publication Date: Oct. 17, 1974
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General Note: Box 3, Folder 6B ( WEST COAST REGIONAL WATER SUPPLY AREA B3F6 ), Item 100
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and efficient utilization of our water resources will re-

quire a cooperative spirit and trust among the political

bodies. In the past cooperation and trust have not existed.

The biggest challenge facing the proposed authority is to

prove that water-rich and water-poor counties can work

together to satisfy.the water needs of all our citizens.

In sum, we feel that there are ample supplies of water

available for existing and foreseeable uses. Our current

problem is one of optimum development and management of the

water resources we have rather than the availability of

water. By proper spacing wells, avoiding excessive pumping

rates, and distributing well fields, the authority can

minimize the drawdowns between wells and well fields. In

the same manner the authority can minimize the conflicts

between the water users throughout the area. Eventually,

however, if our water demands continue to increase, the time

will come when the water supply within the territorial

boundary of the authority will not be adequate for one-time

use. When we reach this stage, the authority must be pre-

pared to go beyond the territorial boundary for water, make -;

reuse of water, recharge the aquifer with flood water and

utilize any other means available to augment the available

supply, if the needs are to be fully met.

In closing, we feel that we have identified the

problem and created the authority capable of solving

the problem. We respectfully ask for the Department's

favorable recommendation so that we can get on with the

task at hand.












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ADDITIONAL COMMENTS


Your letter of September 23, 1974, specifically

requested that the agreement should contain a "provision

recognizing the jurisdiction of Southwest Florida Water

Management District and the Department of Natural Resources
in the regulation and conservation of the water resources."

We see no necessity for such a provision. The District

and Department derive their jurisdiction and authority

from the statutes, not this agreement.

In closing, we want to strongly urge the Division

to support our efforts to create this Authority. This

agreement is the culmination of many hours of work by

each of the parties. For this authority to resolve the

water supply problems of our area, the parties must con-

tinue to show the cooperative spirit and trust that has

developed over the past months. The problems we face de-

mand an authority capable of long-range planning and

regional development. While this authority may be the

first, the problem it seeks to solve will be faced in the

future throughout the state. Providing a problem-solv-

ing authority will be of benefit to our area as well as

the State of Florida.

While it might be advantageous to have this

authority cover a larger geographical area, recall that

this is the first step. The authority has the ability

to expand and bring in other counties. All parties have

had some reservations about the authority and have

recognized that there are some risks involved. But

there are risks with any new entity governmental or

private. All agree that this authority deserves the

opportunity to function.
Water resources have little relationship to

political boundaries. To attain the maximum beneficial



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E. The effect or impact of any proposed

authority on any municipality, county

or existing authority or authorities.


Comment. Since the proposed authority will be a

source of additional water to the existing systems, it is

our opinion that it will have a very favorable impact.

Since Hillsborough County, Pasco County and Pinellas

County are members of the authority, the authority must

have a favorable impact on the counties. The two major

municipal suppliers, the City of Tampa and the City of

St. Petersburg, are also members of the authority and

will enjoy the favorable impact. Most of the other ;

municipalities in Pinellas County receive water from the

City of St. Petersburg or Pinellas County, thereby

bringing a favorable impact to these municipal systems

as well. At this time there are no existing authori-

ties within the proposed authority. It is our opinion

that the proposed authority will have a favorable im-

pact on most of the existing systems.

F. The existing needs of the water users

within the area of the authority.


Comment. For the past couple of years the citizens

served by the City of St. Petersburg, the City of Tampa

and Pinellas County have endured some type of restricted

water use. Our earlier comments have clearly set out

that the problem is one of development and transmission,

not supply. There are ample supplies of water avail-

able. The solution lies in bringing the water to the

people. All of the major users in the Hillsborough-

Pasco-Pinellas County area are experiencing problems

in meeting the existing needs of the water users. The

proposed authority is the best solution for resolving

the existing as well as future needs of the water users.












sure that an adequate water supply will be

available to all citizens within the

authority.


Comment. The agreement creating the authority

adopts a budget for the first year and provides the

authority with funding for its first five years. It

is the parties intent that after five years the

authority should be generating enough revenue from the

sale of water that contributions from the counties will

not be needed. In addition to these contributions and

the revenue from the sale of water, the authority has

the power to issue bonds for the construction of water

supply facilities. While the authority will also seek

federal funds for construction, the authority currently

has sufficient sources of funding. The authority will

possess the financial ability to design, construct,

operate and maintain the necessary water supply

facilities.

The primary role of the authority will be to co-

ordinate the activities of the member parties. We don't

envision a new bureaucracy. It is our intent that the

authority will utilize the staffs of the members to the

maximum degree. We feel that the staffs of the member

parties possess considerable expertise, knowledge and

ability and that before hiring a new staff we should

use our existing staffs. Additionally, each city and

county has consultants that are available if necessary.

After observing the existing systems and facili-

ties of the City of St. Petersburg, City of Tampa, Hills-

borough County and Pinellas County, there is no ques-

tion that the authority has the necessary ability to

design, construct, operate and maintain any water supply

facilities the authority deems necessary.



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water available within the authority's geographical area.

Through previous agreement the City of St. Petersburg, Pasco

County and Pinellas County have agreed to transfer their

interests in the Cypress Creek well field to the regional

water supply authority. It is anticipated that the Cypress

Creek well field will be the first step in establishing a

regional water supply system. The "Comprehensive Plan For

Areawide Water Systems In The Tampa Bay Region" also sets

forth certain recommendations on how additional water could

be made available. This report suggests facilities that

could provide an additional 281 million gallons of water per

day. In 1970, the U. S. Geological Survey statewide in-

ventory estimated the total daily water usage in Hills-

borough County, Pasco County and Pinellas County to be

approximately 250 million gallons per day. These facts only

reinforce our opinion that there are ample supplies of good

quality water available for existing and foreseeable uses.

It should also be recognized that an authority has the

ability to go beyond its geographic boundary to obtain

additional water. The "General Hydrology Of The Middle Gulf

Area, Florida" states that a conservative estimate of the

water available in the Middle Gulf study area (approximately

1700 square miles, consisting of all of Pinellas County and

part of Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties)

is 2550 million gallons per day or 900 billion gallons per

year. Again, the problem we face is not one of water quantity,

the problem is one of proper development and transmission.

D. The ability of the proposed authority

to design, construct, operate and main-

tain water supply facilities in the loca-

tions and at the times necessary to in-




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Comment. Unless an authority can provide water

at a reasonable cost, there is no need to go to the ex-

pense of building water production facilities. Pinellas

County and the City of St. Petersburg have already

recognized the economic desirability of constructing a

joint pipeline to the Cypress Creek well field. This

pipeline has the capacity to deliver 130 million gallons

of water per day. Presently the combined daily water

usage by the City of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County

from their existing facilities is 70 million gallons

per day. It is obvious that the pipeline under con-

struction will more than adequately serve the additional

water demands of the City and County for many, many

years. This is the type of project we envision that the

authority will eventually be constructing. It is

apparent that this pipeline is and should be utilized

as a regional facility. The real cost in developing

water supplies is the cost of the transmission facilities.

As our coastal areas continue to grow and we move farther

inland for our water, it will be in everyone's best eco-

nomic interest to have and share common facilities.

Already we have examples where municipal and county trans-

mission lines exist practically side-by-side.

The cooperative manner in which the Southwest

Florida Water Management District, the City of St.

Petersburg, Pinellas County and Pasco County are de-

veloping the Cypress Creek well field is another ex-

ample of how we can maximize the development of our water

resources.

C. The availability of a dependable and

adequate water supply.

Comment. In creating this authority it is our

opinion that for the immediate future there is sufficient



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ties is not the type of regional authority contemplated

by the act. At one point in the legislative process

the proposed legislation provided that any regional

water supply authority had to consist of at least two

counties. This requirement was eliminated when the

guidelines were incorporated. Without a doubt, the

regional authorities envisioned by this legislation are

multi-county in nature.

It is generally acknowledged that if wells and well

fields are located at maximum distances from lakes, other

wells and well fields that the effects of the pumping

would be minimized, if not eliminated. While there may

be some question as to the quantity of water that is avail-

able within the proposed authority, there is little ques-

tion that there is more than an adequate supply of water

available for the immediate future.

Based upon the following reports, "Hydrologic

Effects of Pumping From The Floridan Aquifer In North-

west Hillsborough, Northeast Pinellas, and Southwest

Pasco Counties" by the U.S.G.S. (1968), "General Hydrology

Of The Middle Gulf Area, Florida" by U.S.G.S. (1970),

"Estimated Effects Of Ground-Water Pumping In Pasco

County, Florida" by W, F. Guyton and Associates (1974)

and "Comprehensive Plan For Areawide Water Systems In

The Tampa Bay Region" by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning

Council and Southwest Florida Water Management District

(1974), copies of which are attached, it is our opinion

that the geographical territory of Hillsborough County,

Pasco County and Pinellas County is of sufficient size

and character to reduce the environmental effects of im-

proper or excessive withdrawals of water from concentrated

areas.

B. The maximum economic development of

the water resources within the terri-

tory of the proposed authority.



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MEMI ORAN D UM



TO: Charles M. Sanders, Director
Division of Interior Resources
Department of Natural Resources

RE: West Coast Regional Water Supply
Authority (WCRWSA)

DATE: October 17, 1974



Following your letter of September 23, 1974, and our

conference on October 1, 1974, we have prepared the follow-

ing comments. Our purpose in making these comments is to

assist the Department of Natural Resources in formulating

a recommendation to the Governor and Cabinet. As you are

aware, Section 7(1), Chapter 74-114, sets forth certain

minimum guidelines to be considered by the Governor and

Cabinet as they review any agreement for the creation of

a regional water supply authority. Our comments are

addressed to each of the statutory guidelines. Having

participated in the drafting of the legislation that

ultimately became Chapter 74-114, we are well acquainted .

with these guidelines and the legislative intent and pur-

pose for providing these guidelines.

A. The geographic territory of the pro-

posed authority is of sufficient size

and character as to reduce the environ-

mental effects of improper or excessive

withdrawals of water from concentrated

areas.


Comment. Section 7 provides that any two units of

local government can through agreement create a regional

water supply authority. If the foregoing provision was

the only criteria to be satisfied, it would be possible

for two cities to create a regional water supply

authority. An authority consisting of two municipali-






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Mr. Charles M. Sanders, Director
Division of Interior Resources
Department of Natural Resources
Crown Building
202 Blount Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32304

Re: West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority


Dear Charlie:


Enclosed is our memorandum that responds to your letter
of September 23, 1974. The memorandum has been circulated to all
of the parties for their comments.

I trust that the memorandum is sufficient, but should you
have any questions, please call. I would appreciate it if you
would confirm that the Governor and Cabinet will consider approving
the Agreement on October 29, 1974. Likewise, if you would advise
us of the time, date and place of the "little Cabinet meeting" and
any other meetings relating to this Authority, we'd appreciate it.

Very truly yours,




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