SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DIE-IiT -
IN RE: T 7
PINELLAS COUNTY ) 3
CONSUMPTIVE USE PERMIT )
APPLICATION NO. 27804391 )
FOR RENEWAL OF CUP No. 7500032 ) ORDER NO.
EAST LAKE ROAD WELL FIELD )
PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA )
ORDER GRANTING PERMIT PURSUANT TO
HEARING BEFORE GOVERNING BOARD
This Matter came on to be heard by the Governing Board of Southwest
Florida Water Management District at a Public Hearing on April 4, 1978. Said
Public Hearing, being duly and properly noticed, was conducted at District Head-
quarters, 5060 U. S. Highway 41 South, Brooksville, Florida, and all parties hereto
were present or given the opportunity to be present, and, together with the general
public, were given an opportunity to present testimony and evidence. The Board,
having reviewed the application and all documents in the File of Record, having
heard testimony, and having received and examined all documentary evidence, makes
FINDINGS OF FACT:
1. Applicant, Pinellas County, owns, leases or controls lands and water
rights in and to lands consisting of 5,861 acres in parts of Sections 26, 27, 34
and 35, Township 27S, Range 16E, Pinellas County, Florida, and has developed a well
field thereon consisting of eight (8) production wells and other related facilities
to produce a portion of the total public water supply needs of the Pinellas County
Water System. The well field is known as the East Lake Road Well Field.
2. During 1975 and 1976, through various Public Hearings before the
Board and other legal proceedings, the matter of a Consumptive Use Permit was duly
considered, debated, proposed, modified and ultimately approved by the Governing
Board in final modified form by Order No. 76-44 on December 1, 1976, and issued
upon authority of such Order as Consumptive Use Permit No. 7500032.
3. By Consumptive Use Permit No. 7500032, the Applicant was authorized
to make a maximum combined average annual withdrawal of 3 million gallons of water
per day, with a maximum combined withdrawal rate not to exceed 5 million gallons
during a single day. Of the total permitted quantity, 2.3 million gallons per day
(annual average) at a maximum withdrawal rate of 5 million gallons per day was es-
tablished as the Applicant's legal existing use. The quantity of 0.7 million gallons
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per day (annual average) increase was and is considered new use.
4. Consumptive Use Permit No. 7500032 was conditioned upon implementation
of a monitoring program as set forth in paragraph 10 of the permit. The monitor
program was designed to evaluate the effects of well field withdrawals upon the water
resource of the area and particularly water quality trends indicated by chloride and
conductivity levels in selected monitor wells. It was anticipated that evaluation
of monitoring data may dictate that regulation of the well field be altered, and the
permit was issued with an expiration date of February 18, 1978.
5. Pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 16J, Florida
Administrative Code, Applicant applied on January 31, 1978, (Application No. 27804391)
to the Southwest Florida Water Management District for renewal of Consumptive Use
Permit No. 7500032 to authorize the Applicant to continue to make an average annual
withdrawal of 3 million gallons of water per day, with a maximum withdrawal rate not
to exceed 5 million gallons during any single day, from the East Lake Road Well Field.
No increase over previously permitted quantities has been requested. The expiration
date of Consumptive Use Permit No. 7500032 was extended by Order No. 78-10 of this
Board to allow time for evaluation of the application for renewal, and Public Hearing
upon the application for renewal was set for April 4, 1978, by Order No. 78-13 of
6. Monitoring data submitted by the Applicant has been reviewed by Staff.
This data indicates that no significant adverse regional trends in lateral salt water
intrusion have occurred during 1976 and 1977 as a consequence of withdrawals from
this well field by Applicant. Some vertical intrusion is indicated by chloride
increases that have occurred in the well field monitor wells, but such increases are
not so significant as to require immediate action. Nevertheless, the period of record
is short and an additional data collection period should be provided for, and the
composite data then fully reviewed in connection with consideration for future
permitting of this well field. A data collection period to December 31, 1980, shall
be provided for, and a renewal permit for this well field shall expire on that date.
Applicant should apply for renewal during the third calendar quarter of 1980, and all
available data, in addition to data submitted by Applicant, shall be reviewed and
evaluated at that time to the end that this Board will be fully advised regarding
the effects of withdrawals from this well field upon the regional and areal water
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7. The existing monitoring program which provides only that the Applicant
assess the significance of chloride or conductivity levels exceeding established
maximums in certain monitor wells is not satisfactory in light of indications of
vertical intrusion at the well field. Regulation by limitation of allowable chloride
levels in production wells has proven to be a more effective method of protection
of the water resources. The Staff has developed a revised monitoring program as
conditions 10(a), 10(b), and 10(c) of a proposed renewal Consumptive Use Permit
No. 27804391, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 1. The number of salt
water zones to be monitored has been reduced from 23 to 7, which upon completion of
required reconstruction will provide effective monitoring system specific to this
well field. Sampling and analysis is required of the Applicant quarterly rather
than monthly, and the results of the analysis upon submission will be evaluated
by District Staff rather than the Applicant. The additional condition requiring
monthly analysis of chloride samples from all 8 production wells, and quarterly re-
porting to the District of the results, is a reasonable condition and will not be
unduly burdensome upon the Applicant. The maximum allowable chloride limits on
each production well (set forth as Chloride Cap.) allows a reasonable range of
tolerance above existing chloride ranges in each well. Should any chloride cap
be exceeded, the Governing Board shall be advised and the Board may, upon due notice
and hearing, take whatever action is necessary or advisable to protect the water
resources of the area, including modification of or reduced withdrawals under the
8. The total withdrawal of 3 million gallons per day (annual average) is
consumptively used off site of the well field for public water supply through the
Pinellas County Water System. This quantity is to be withdrawn from 5,861 acres
of land owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Applicant.
2 9. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the rate of flow of a stream or
other watercourse to be lowered below the minimum rate of flow established by the Board.
10. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the level of the potentiometric
surface to be lowered below any regulatory level established by the Southwest Florida
Water Management District.
11. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the level of the surface of
water to be lowered below the minimum level established by the Board.
12. There is inadequate data to establish that the proposed withdrawals
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will not significantly induce salt water encroachment. The salt water monitor program
upon which the proposed renewal permit is conditioned will provide early warning
of salt water intrusion. So long as Applicant fully complies with conditions
10(a), 10(b) and 10(c) of the proposed renewal permit, the proposed withdrawals
will not significantly induce salt water encroachment.
13. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the water table to be lowered
so that the lake stages or vegetation will be adversely and significantly affected on
lands other than those owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Applicant.
14. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the level of the potentiometric
surface under lands not owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Applicant to be
lowered more than five feet (5').
15. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the level of the water table
under lands not owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Applicant to be
lowered more than three feet (3').
16. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the level of the surface
of water in any lake or other impoundment to be lowered more than one foot (1')
unless the lake or impoundment is wholly owned, leased or otherwise controlled by
17. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the potentiometric surface
to be lowered below sea level.
In accordance with the foregoing, and in consideration of applicable laws
and regulations, the Board makes the following
CONCLUSIONS OF LAW:
1. The Applicant has established that the consumptive use sought to
be continued by renewal:
a) is a reasonable-beneficial use;
b) is consistent with the public interest; and
c) will not interfere with any legal use of water
existing at the time of the application.
2. The consumptive use is in compliance with the requirements of
Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 16J, Florida Administrative Code.
Wherefore, upon consideration, it is
1. That the Executive Director of Southwest Florida Water Management
District or a duly delegated member of his Staff, is authorized and directed to
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issue a Consumptive Use Permit pursuant to the above numbered application in
substantially the form, and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in
Exhibit 1, attached hereto.
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
DERRILL S. McATEER, CHAIRMAN
THOMAS M. VAN DER VEER, SECRETARY
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