F'Y 1975-1976 Reart
October 1, 1976
to undertake preliminary engineering and design, and assist the
staff in the preparation of a grant application to the Econorlic
Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The
grant sought is for the purpose of designing and constructing a
transmission main, storage and booster station to transport
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SNeilfi d) to the perenially water-short West Pasco region. I
this grant is forthcoming it is envisioned that a major supply
line to West Pasco will be available in 1973. The total cost
is estimated not to exceed 5 million dollars and depends on the
ultimate sizing and routing of transmission mains and location
and sizing of storage tanks.
A substantial effort during the year was devoted to the
accumulation and analysis of data regarding the Cypress Creek
Wellfield and associated facilities. The Board Attorney directed
the negotiations for the acquisition with continuous technical
input from the staff. The negotiations represented one of the
major staff efforts during Fiscal Year 1976.
The fiscal year started with the General Manager and Executive
Secretary as the only staff on board. During the year the Authority
added Walter Walker as the Director of Engineering and Planning
and Don Dye, Director of Operations. In addition to the Executive
Secretary, one full time and one part time clerk typist and a
draftsman-illustrator were employed. Several Comprehensive
Employment and Training Act personnel were employed for short
periods under Federal contracts and funding.
During the year the office and staff have become fully
operational. An excellent library has been developed and the
majority of base data pertinent to our mission has been acquired.
The 1977 budget was approved in August, 1976. It envisions
the completion of the source feasibility studies, the commencement
of pump tests) and detailed investigations at selected sites, the
commencement of negotiations for acquisition of additional exist-
ing water supply facilities and the possible acquisition of
options for well field sites. Thus the planning and engineering
for future water sources continues on an aggressive basis, though
our goal to achieve management and control of existing major
water supply facilities has not been reached.
Richard P/ HWse
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FY 1975-1976 R-ort
October 1, 197_
At year's end the staff and the consultants are in the process
of coordinating the material developed thus far with staffs of
the member jurisdictions. Barring major problems relating to
the fundamental planning assumptions and the projected water
demand data, the study can soon progress to conclusion of the
first chase (1980-85). Thus there should be .ad... e i Ee-
maining to make the decisions and execute them in order to have
"additional supplies on line by the end of 1980.
In early calendar year 1976, the Authority undertook the
development of a draft DRI type document for the Cypress Creek
Wellfield. Leggette, Brashears & Graham, consultant hydrol-
ogists, (thru the City of St. Petersburg) and EcoImpact, Inc.
assisted the in-house staff in developing specific information
for the draft document. Originally estimated to cost about
$90,000, the draft was completed in less than 3 months at a
cost of under $19,000. Subsequent court decisions obviated
the need to publish the DRI in final form.
Ecolmpact, Inc. was also engaged to undertake the moni-
toring of emergency pumping from the Cypress Creek Wellfield
commencing on May 24, 1976. The purpose was to supplement
background and data base during the DRI preparation and to
observe the impact in and outside the wellfield of a 10 mgd
emergency water withdrawal. A proposal to continue biologic
monitoring impacts during subsequent pumping was part of a
request for budget assistance from SWFWMD. Subsequent
negotiations and discussions with SWF.WND resulted in their
incorporating our proposed biologic monitoring efforts into
a larger study already planned by SWFWMD.
In March, the Authority asked SWFWMD to assist in the
funding of consultant costs to perform several major studies
and engineering and hydrologic investigations. This culminated
in an agreement ratified in September, 1976, which will pro-
vide for over $100,000 in supporting funds during FY 1976 and
over $300,000 in Fiscal Year 1977. The Legislature, meanwhile,
provided that, commencing in FY 1978, .05 millage would be
available to the Authority from the 3-County tax base, if
requested from SWFWMD.
Thus the funds to prosecute the preliminary studies and
engineering, hydrologic and environmental investigations ape- .r
to be available. The major capital coses for the conscruc>:c:-.
of new facilities must be obtained from other sources. Ulti-
mately, of course, it is intended that water revenues will pay
for operating, maintenance and administrative costs of the
Authority as well as the debt service for capital investments.
1 One potential source of funds is the Federal Public Works
Employment Act of 1976 which provides for a large outlay of
Federal funds to undertake public works design and construction
in areas of high unemployment. The Board engaged Watson & Co.
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CHARS E. RAiNEY, CHAIRMAN
ROERT CURRY VICE-CHAIRMAN
CURTIS L. LAW, :?HA3URtc
DALE TWACHTMANN, MEM3Et
C4ARLES SCHUH, MMZER
October 1, 1976
FY 1975-1976 REPORT
The Fiscal Year 1975-1976 ended without the Authority
having acquired any existing water supply or wholesale
distribution facilities. Negotiations with Pinellas and
Pasco Counties and St. Petersburg with respect to the
Cypress Creek Regional Wellfield and the transmission mains
serving the area to the Southwest have not been consummated,
although there are in existence several draft documents
that incorporate most of the conditions pertinent to such
agreements. Negotiations pertinent to the Starkey Wellfield
are continuing but appear to hinge upon significant progress
on the Cypress Creek acquisition.
During the fiscal year the Board engaged the engineering
firm of Ross, Saarinen, Bolton & Wilder, Inc., who in turn
contracted with Geraghty & Miller, consultant hydrologists,
to undertake a comprehensive study of regional water needs
(demands) and potential sources to meet those needs. A sub-
stantial part of the study, principally that dealing with
existing facilities and water demand projections is being
done by the staff of the Authority. The first phase of the
report is scheduled for completion in November of this year
and will address the 1980-1985 needs and sources. The pre-
sumption is that member jurisdictions needs through 1980 can
be met from existing sources or sources under development.
In any event, the development of new sources will probably
entail several years in elapsed time. The second phase is
due for completion in late 1977 and will result in a long-
range master plan to supply the 3-county region's water needs.
Both reports will draw heavily on prior investigations by
SWFWMD, TBRPC, USGS, SCS, member jurisdictions, and reports
done by consultants for others. Especially applicable is the
on-going Water Resources Management Study of the Corps of
Engineers for the entire SWFWMD region. Also pertinent is an
on-going study by Bessent, Hammack & Ruckman, Inc. for
Hillsborough County which examines the East Hillsborough water
problems. A public seminar on 30 June, addressing the general
approach of our study effort, was well attended and received.