4-4 St. Petersbur Times, Wednesday, July 24, 1974
Two counties approve wellfield pact; jjjNTy
Pinellas will study copper in water co1SS!ON
By ROBERT HOOKER and by slight changes in the mined by how much of the proval of the water system day" in an alarmingn and ex
SUSAN DENLEY agreement, cost of development and oper- analysis was only a formality. day" i n an "alarming and rex-
If approved by the St. Pe- ation it pays, however. The county's water consul- aggerated" manner and refus-
9s Pl rd Ti sta waters tersburg City Council, the The Pasco commission also tants, Black, Crow and Eids- ing to publish" in toto the fu
The Pinellas and Pasco wellfield would be governed agreed to re-enter a condem- ness, began the study last last week
county commissions Tuesday by a four-member board, two nation suit involving 3,233 week in the wake of St. Pe-
each approved a much- from Pasco and one each acres needed for development tersburg Times reports that That statement, which did
"delayed agreement for multi- from Pinellas and St. Peters- of the Cypress Creek well- 18 persons had been found to not appear in full in The
government development of a burg. field. Pasco was dismissed have high concentrations of Times, accused the newspa-
huge new wellfield. A fifth member, appointed from the suit last month. The copper in their bodies. per of sensationalizing the
The Pinellas commission by the board, would vote to other three plaintiffs Pinel- 'Pinellas County Administra- story.
also authorized a detailed break ties. las County, St. Petersburg tor Merrett Stierheim repeat- The commission also:
'study of the county water sys- Under the agreement, each and the Southwest Florida ed county officials assurances o" Learned that it may take
ten and its copper content. governing body would be enti- Water Management District that residents should have up to two years not one, as
It was the second time that tied to up to a third of the agreed Monday to let "no fear of copper contami- county engineers reported last
the Pinellas commission has water from the wellfield, Pasco re-enter if it would nants in their drinking water month during the height of
approved the rules for devel- which is expected to begin agree to a higher estimated supply."
hoping and operating the Cy- generating water next year. value of the land to be con- He also accused The Times mid-county flooding to
press Creek wellfield in cen- Each government's share of demned. of blowing up the copper complete a drainage system
trial Pasco a vote prompted the water would be deter- Pinellas Commissioners' ap- danger "six ways from Sun- around Lake Seminole.
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