ST. PETERSBURG TIMES SATUR12. 1976
Head od "waEer agency
cal s for cooperation
By PATRICK McMAHON las' Cypress Creek Wellfield located in Pas-
st. Petersburg Times Staff Writer co County, "as a first step."
CLEARWATER The chairman of "It is my view that if we cannot bring
the area water supply authority has chal- those discussions to a successful conclusion
lenged his fellow board members to make by Sept. 1, 1976, the remaining alternative
the new agency work this summer or dis- may be to tell the Legislature and the gover-
band it. nor, 'We tried and failed,' Rainey said.
The West Coast Regional Water Supply As a first step, Rainey has asked all
Authority was established by the Legisla- elected officials of member governments -
ture in 1974 to quell regional water battles St. Petersburg, Tampa, Hillsborough, Pas-
and supply water wholesale to Pinellas, Pas- co and Pinellas counties to attend aJue
co and Hillsborough counties. 30 public seminar where a two-hour "shirt
But, two years after its formation, the sleeves English" presentation is promised
authority still has no water to sell and has on area water ro bems.
found itself caught up in those regional The authority received an added boost
rivalries. from the recent Legislature. In a state wa-
In a letter to authority board members, ter management reorganization bill, the
Chairman Charles E. Rainey, a Pinellas Legislature gave the authority guaranteed
County commissioner, urges the authority financing. Until now, it has relied on contri-
to get busy this summer and acquire Pinel- butions from members.