I'i i hy THE T"ZIM (NE COMPANY, 202 S. Parkur St. Tar-- Fla., 3:t16.(K $06
Jam,.s A. C(in(line n J. Stewart Bryan
Chairman of the Editorial Board Publisher
Paul Ifgnr. Rirhard It Pittman .
a. lnaging Editor Gencirdl Manager .-
,6-A Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1976 DEC 2 1976
Ssetvo rybona y e. o in n
This Wa ater Pact
' ^fKE RAIN IN the Sahara When that happens, a true
L comes news of an agreement regional water supply system will
between long-feuding West Coast emerge, with the capacity to pro-
water interests which takes the vide water for the 1.3 million
"jrst step toward a regional water people in the three counties.
S%:. -. The -agreement will allow
I The agreement signed yester- Hillsborough County, Tampa and
lay between the West Coast Re- Pasco County to join later. For
gionrl ^ppl^thoritv and Pi- these three governments it is a I
nellas County puts the Authority no-risk venture, .
in the business of selling water -
for the first time since its creation The amount of water Pinellas
by the Legislature in 1974 to do and St. Petersburg have agreed
just that. That Pinellas County to buy assures the Authority of
co-signed the document, with St. enough money to operate Cy-
Petersburg soon to follow with a press Creek and the pipeline at
similar contract, puts an end to no loss. Any purchases by Hills-
the area's years of water wars. borough, Pasco or Tampa will
improve the financial position of
.,:,THE CORNERSTONE is the the Authority and save those gov-
turn-over of Cypress Creek Well- ernments the additional cost of
field and its pipeline by St. Pe- separate wellfield development.
tersburg and Pinellas County to *
the bipartisan Authority. In ex- SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
change for leasing (in St. Peters- Water Management District, the .
burg's case) and purchasing (in regulatory agency for water con-
Pinellas' case) the interests of the sumption, must approve by Oc-
two governments, the Authority tober, 1978, a permit for Cypress
has agreed to supply them the Creek to pump the 30 million
water they need. gallons of water per day Pinellas
and St. Petersburg are obligated
"It is a two-sided benefit. St. S.
Petersburg and Pinellas are re-
lieved of the threat that Pasco Part of the agreement insisted
arld Hillsborough will restrict upon by Pinellas was that the
their use of wellfields they own
in, those two counties. The Au- A arityo poran w
which arbitrarily prorates water
thority gets assets to manage and supply for public purposes. This
water to distribute, is the controversial "water crop"
Residents of the three coun- theory which sets water draw
ties receive the assurance that from underground sources at no
their lakes will not be dried up more than 1,000 gallons of water
by tihe action of governments per acre per day.
ovel.which they have no control.
And, citizens acquire the insur- Argument over the validity of
ance that water will flow from the water crop theory for mutnici-
pipes controlled less by politi- pal water users (there is no city
cans and more by technicians, or county in Florida that meets
the acreage requirement) will
THE TAKE-OVER of Cypress continue. But that is another
Creek will provide a foundation fight.
upon which to build public con-
fidence in the Authority. After a For the moment, the agree-
record of success in managing ment of the several governments
Cypress Creek, the Authority to build, not destroy, a mutually-
can move to acquire other well- beneficial supply system is a mat-
fields-in .Hliilsblorough and Pasco ter of encouracetient for the en-
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