South Pasco Wellfield
City of St. Petersburg
CUP No. 203647
1969 The City of St. Petersburg purchased approximately 600
acres of land in Sections 28, 32 and 33, Township 26 South,
Range 18 East in Pasco County for the development of a new
1970 The construction of ten production wells and transmission
February 1972 The need for regulation of the City of St. Petersburg's
wellfields, established during public hearings held in
December 1971 and January 1072, led the Governing Board
to issue Order No. 72-1. Part of this Order required the
City to construct a deep observation well, report pumpage
data once the wellfield was operational and to perform one
or more 30-day pumping tests at South Pasco.
lMarch 1973 A District staff proposal was approved for the City of
St. Petersburg to perform a comprehensive analysis of the
response of wetland vegetation to changes in the level of
the shallow aquifer in the South Pasco Wellfield.
May 1973 The Governing Board, at the regular public hearing, declared
the South Pasco Wellfield fully operational. District staff
reported two pump tests had been performed and that specific
regulations for operation of the wellfield were being drafted
based on the hydrologic data.
June 1973 In a presentation to the Governing Board, the City of St.
Petersburg reported that although pumping had been cut back
at the Cosme-Odessa Wellfield because of withdrawals from
South Pasco, three observation wells showed water levels
close to the regulatory levels set out in Order No. 72-1.
The City requested that District staff reexamine the cri-
teria used for setting these regulatory levels.
September 1973 The Governing Board issued Order No. 73-5D amending Order
No. 73-3D limiting pumpage at South Pasco to 112,000,000
gallons per week and maximum day pumpage at 19.2 million
gallons. A November hearing was scheduled to consider reg-
ulating South Pasco based on potentiometric levels.
November 1973 The District Governing Board, the City of St. Petersburg,
Hlillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties mutually agreed
to investigate the feasibility of developing a wellfield
at Cypress Creek in conjunction with the District acquisi-
tion of this property for a flood detention reservoir. This
five-party agreement was entered into because the City of
St. Petersburg and Pinellas County water supply sources at
Section 21, Cosne-Odessa, Eldridge-Wilde and South Pasco
;n\2< I Wellfields were inadequate to meet future demands.
Order tlo. 73-6R, amending Order No. 72-1, was issued by the
FILED IN FILE Governing Board which set forth regulatory potentiometric
ONRECORD,WFWMD levels for observation wells in South Pasco. A hearing was
1 oW /7- mBY -et for April 1974 to consider establishing monitor levels
S for the shallow aquifer to become effective October 1, 1974.
April 1974 The Governing Board issued Order No. 74-11R amending Order
No. 72-1 and extended a hearing date to consider establishing
monitor levels for the shallow aquifer in the wellfleld from
August 10 to August 14, 1974.
June 1974 The District Governing Board issued Order No. 74-3R, extend-
ing the completion date to August 8, 1974, for the construc-
tion of a deep observation well and the installation of a
recording rain gauge at South Pasco.
South Pasco Wellfield
August 1974 District staff recommended to the Governing Board during
the regular public hearings that it was not practical to
use shallow aquifer regulatory levels for regulating well-
fields. The Governing Board requested that suggestions
or recommendations from the other four parties to the "Five
Party Agreement" be solicited. There were no objections
from Pinellas County or the City of St. Petersburg. How-
ever, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties did object to the
October 1974 District staff recommended that consideration of shallow
aquifer regulatory levels be presented at the November 13,
1974, Public Hearing.
November 1974 During the shallow aquifer regulatory level hearing, Dis-
trict staff recommended the use of potentiometric levels
as prime regulatory indicators using shallow aquifer levels
as a check on the potentiometric regulations. The hearings
were continued to the December meeting.
December 1974 The shallow aquifer regulatory hearings were continued for
90 days, with a request from the Governing Board for staff
to request any suggestions or recommendations as to specific
monitor levels or means of setting monitor levels.
January 1975 A program for issuance of permits authorizing the consump-
tive use of water was implemented commencing January 1, 1975.
Existing users prior to January 1, 1975, were allowed to be
continued through December 31, 1976, without a Consumptive
March 1975 The shallow aquifer regulatory hearings were continued to
May 1975 The public hearings for setting shallow aquifer regulatory
levels were closed upon District staff's recommendation
I that, because of insufficient evidence, it was not feasible
to establish these levels.
January 1978 A Petition to Intervene in the South Pasco Wellfield hearings
by Flagship Bank of Tampa and Marjorie P. Williams was granted
by the Governing Board. The City of St. Petersburg was denied
a motion to dismiss the Petition.
May 1978 The Governing Board granted a Petition to Intervene to Pasco
I County as a party to the South Pasco Wellfield hearings.
The Governing Board issued Final Order 78-38 authorizing the
"issuance of a Consumptive Use Permit for the operation of
June 1978 Consumptive Use Permit No. 203647 was issued to the City of
St. Petersburg authorizing groundwater withdrawals within
the South Pasco Wellfield at an average annual quantity of
16.9 mgd and a maximum daily of 24 mgd. Conditional within
the permit were: regulatory levels, balancing production
With Section 21 and Cosme-Odessa, monitor wells, rain gauges,
Chloride sampling and pumpage reports. The expiration date
of the permit is set at December 31, 1980.
I Compiled by: Linda Cannon
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