THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, Friday, Oct. 8, 1976 1.B-
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By JIM DAWKINS "Perhaps we never agreed on the basic premise
Tribune Staff Writer of the authority," he said.
Twachtman believes the legislature intended the-
CLEARWATER The future of the West Coast water authority to find a water source and then all
Regional Water Supply Authority could depend on member governments to use that one source as
the authority acquiring the Cypress Creek Wellfield wholesale customers of the authority.
and soon, members said yesterday.
Authority Chairman Chuck Rainer, who is also a AND NOT to continue staking claims," he said.
Pinellas County commissioner, said unless the three Twachtman said for member governments to
year-old authority acquires a water source and cus- continue acquiring wellfields exclusive of the dis-.
tomers before the legislature convenes, legislative trict and program that into agreements with the
action may be taken. authority is "an affront."
Twachtman said he would prefer agreements'
RAINEY EAID his concern is that the legisla. limiting members, such as Pinellas and St. Peters-
ture, which created the regional authority, may burg, to obtaining water solely from the authority.
supercede the authority or legislative action on St. Petersburg Mayor Charles Schuh said one
water matters could change the authority's plans. problem is governments have to plan for the future
At a meeting yesterday, authority members were and be prepared to supply water to their residents
even questioning whether the authority should con- even in the event the authority cannot in 10 to 15
After three years of existence, the issue is still
if Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties along PASCO COUNTY Commissioner Curtis Law, also
with Tampa and St. Petersburg the members of an authority member, said he believes a simple -
theauthority can agree as a region, agreement indicating water sources would be
The authority was considering a proposal for Pi- relinquished back to the member governments, if
nellas to relinquish its water source interests, the authority cannot supply water needs, should be
including its share in the Cypress Creek Wellfield, the answer.
to the authority. Attorneys yesterday, however, indicated that it
can't be done because member governments have
*UNDER TIAT arrangement Pinellas would financed their water projects through bonds so the
become the authority's first wholesale water cus- agreements have to carry safeguards.
tomer. "We're getting tired of messing around," Hills-
As drawn by Pinellas, the proposed agreement borough County Commissioner Bob Curry said.
does not block Pinellas from obtaining water from "Let's either get going or get out of it. We must'
*sources other than the authority get Cypress Creek going or else.".
Instead, Pinellas could still develop wellfields of The authority and its member governments are
its own. trying now to complete a mutually acceptable .
Tampa Water Resources coordinator Dale agreement, which also would be acceptable to
Twachtman said he believes the'authority is still a member governments individually, within six
long way from an agreement which would provide weeks.
the first customer. '