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By RICK ALLEN.
Tribune Staff Writer
CLEARWATER Members of the West Coast
Regional Water Supply Authority last night voted to
accept control of the $25-million Cypress Creek
Wellfield beginning January 1.
After a seven-hour meeting yesterday, the five
members on the water authority unanimously
approved transfer contracts from Pinellas County
and St. Petersburg. A third transfer contract from
Pasco County is expected to be considered within
UNDER THE terms of both agreements, the
water authority will control all operations at the
5,000 acre wellfield in mid-Pasco supplying water to
Pinellas and St. Petersburg.
The $25 million that Pinellas and St. Petersburg
paid for the wellfield will be repaid to the county
and city from revenues of water sales from the
The agreement with Pinellas nearly disintegrated
late yesterday afternoon when authority members
from Tampa and Hillsborough and Pasco counties
balked at a Pinellas clause requiring the water au-
thority to oppose any water crop theory proposals.
WATER CROP theories, simply, base the gallons
of water pumped from a wellfield on the number of
acres in that wellfield.
Tampa Water Director Dale Twachtmann told
his fellow authority members that the wellfield
transfer agreement was no place "for us to adopt a
philosophy of Pinellas."
Instead, after a lengthy telephone conversation
last night with Tampa Sen. Guy Spicola, Pinellas
County attorneys agreed to modify their water crop
opposition clause to simply requiring the water au-
thority to "support special provisions for public
water suppliers rather than a restrictive water crop
PINELLAS COUNTY Commissioner Charles
Rainey, also chairman of the West Coast Regional ,
Water Supply Authority, was the only one of five
authority members to vote against the modification.
Rainey voted in favor of adopting the modifies
Although Pinellas County Atty. Gray Dunlap said
he felt the modification was not "a substantive
one," Pinellas special water attorney John Allen
said he expects some stiff resistance to the change
from remaining Pinellas commissioners.
Pinellas Commission Chairman Don Jones and
Commissioner Jeanne Malchon have said numerous
times they would "not back down" on the water
crop theory issue.
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