St. Petersburg Times acres to get enough water.
Oct. 21, 19 76 :" The water authority which some day
will supply water to the three counties and
the City of St. Petersburg apparently
Regionalboard "" ...6... ..
Reg iona b ard ButDaleT wactann,whorepresent
Tampa on the authority, pointed out that.
seeks special suppliers to large areas can benefit if ,
suppliers to small numbers of customers
1a.r ru es are limited in their u se o wa e.
W ate r .ules "Perhaps it is good for them to regulate
By SUSAN DENEY -- with more rigid.requirements to protect
St. ptefnrI Timr S w,u t Wr us," he said. "We should ask them to make
special exceptions for higher-use districts
"CLEARWATER An agency responai- and base use permits on things other than
ble for eventually supplying water to Pinel- the water crop."
las, Pasco and Hillsborough counties wants The water authority "wouldn't care a
special treatment in water distribution whit" about the water-crop rule if special
rules. exceptions are made, authority attorney
The West Coast Regional Water Supply Louis de la Parte Jr. said.
Authority Wednesday told its attorney to De la Parte will attend a Swiftmud
ask another board to apply one set of rules meeting Nov. 2 to express his board's view.
to small, private water suppliers and anoth- However, the board decided against
cr set .to lg, pblicr sulnnliim like the joining a suit brought by the City of St. Pe-
counties, tersburg contesting Swiftmud's authority j
What the authority does not want is to apply the water-crop rule.;
blanket enforcement of a rule proposed by In another matter, the authority re-
the Southwest Florida Water Management viewed but did not act on a proposed con- j
District, commonly known as Swiftmud. tract drawn up to transfer Pinellas I
The rule, called the water-crop rule, would County's interests in the Cypress Creek i
prohibit water suppliers from pumping wellfield to the authority. The transfer, un-
more water each year than falls in rain on der negotiation for months, will give the au- 1
the ground they pump from. thority control over a water supply source
Pinellas County and the city of St Pe- for the first time.
tersburg, members of the regional water au- Board action was delayed pending !
thority, contend that if the rule is enforced agreement by the Pinellas County Commis-
they will have to buy or lease thousands of sion. -
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