SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT (REGULATORY)
THE OPERATION BY )
PINELLAS COUNTY OF THE )'
ELDRIDGE-WILDE WELL FIELD ) ORDER NUMBER 72-4
IN PINELLAS COUNTY AND )
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, )
This matter came before the Board of Governors of the Southwest Florida
Water Management District (Regulatory), hereinafter referred to as "Board", at a
public hearing duly and properly held before the Board on November 8, 1972
pursuant to a notice as provided in Section 373. 151, Florida Statutes, to Pinellas
County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, hereinafter referred to as
"County", to determine the extent and manner in which ground water may be
withdrawn from that certain well field operated by Pinellas County in Pinellas
County and Hillsborough County, Florida, known as the Eldridge-Wilde Well
Field, without being detrimental to the water resources of the State of Florida,
without causing irreparable damage to adjacent landowners, and without resulting
in contamination of the water source, and in order to obtain the most beneficial
use of the water resources of the state and to protect the public health, safety
and welfare and the interest of the water users affected, and the County having
been present and represented by its counsel at said hearing, and the testimony
at said hearing having been stenographically recorded, and the Board having
reviewed and carefully considered the evidence presented to the Board at said
hearing, the Board finds that a preponderance of the evidence offered at said
A. That the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Regula-
tory), hereinafter referred to as District, pursuant to Chapter 373, F. S., and
its rules and regulations duly adopted thereunder, has the authority and respon-
sibility within its jurisdiction to determine the extent and manner in which ground
water may be withdrawn without being detrimental to the water resources of the
State of Florida.
B. That Pinellas County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida,
hereinafter referred to as County, operates a well field, known as the Eldridge-Wilde
Well Field, located in Sections I, 11 and 12, Township 27 South, Range 16 East,
Pinellas County, Florida, and Sections 5, 6 and 7, Township 27 South, Range 17
East, Hillsborough County, Florida, for the withdrawal of ground water.
C. That the lands described above, and the ground water withdrawn
therefrom, are within the boundaries of the District, and the withdrawal therefrom
is subject to the rules, regulations and authority of the District, pursuant to Chapter
373, F. S.
D. That said well field is approaching, or has reached, a state of over-
development and that there now exists the necessity for regulating the withdrawal
of water from said well field, in order to obtain the most beneficial use of the water
resources of the State and to protect the public health, safety and welfare and the
interests of the water users affected.
E. That certain facilities are required in order that the District may
complete a proper evaluation of said well field prior to promulgating an Order
regulating withdrawals of water from said well field.
F. There is a need for the following Order.
IT IS, THEREUPON, ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:
1. That plans and specifications for the facilities listed in Paragraph 2
below, including locations, shall be submitted to the District for approval within
60 days from the date of this Order and prior to construction.
2. That the County, at its own expense, within the times set forth
herein or such time extension as may be mutually agreed upon, shall commence
and complete construction of the following:
(a) Within 180 days from the date of this Order a deep observation
well located near the center and downgradient of the maximum cone of depression
of the Eldridge-Wilde Well Field to determine the location of the salt water-fresh
.water interface and to monitor vertical changes.
(b) Within 180 days from the date of this Order two monitor wells
penetrating to the base of the production zone and located-directly west of said well
field to monitor horizontal encorachment.
(c) Within 180 days from the date of this Order a recording precipitation
station within the eastern half of said well field.
(d) Within 60 days from the date of this Order a minimum of five
peripheral shallow wells outside the well field area to monitor the water table aquifer.
(e) Within 180 days from the date of this Order two monitor wells pene-
trating to the base of the production zone and located southwest of said well field to'
monitor horizontal encroachment.
3. That a comprehensive pump test, designed and controlled by the Dis-
trict and the United States Geological Survey, shall be performed with existing
equipment immediately after installation of 2(d) above.
4. That the County shall submit monthly reports to the Board by the
fifth day of each month to show satisfactory progress toward developing and imple-
menting plans to have additional sources of water supply. That until such new
source is available, the County shall submit monthly reports of its program of
limiting drawdown and peak pumping by restricting the use of water by both whole-
sale and retail customers when necessary. That the County shall continue
development of a program to discourage waste, unreasonable use and additions to
5. That upon completion of the facilities and tests set forth herein-
above, the District shall perform a more detailed evaluation of said well field in
order to determine what future actions and orders may be necessary.
6. That this Order shall become effective as of this date.
DONE and ORDERED this 13th day of December 1972.
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER
(REGULATORY), BY ITS
SEAL GOVERNING BOARD
By: l L- Cf...
Assistant Secretary ..