SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
HI-TTSORurxH COUNTY UTILITIES DEPT. )
CONSUMPTIVE USE PERMIT )
APPLICATION NO. 27704273 ) ORDER NO. 78-30
IN R I LSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA )
ORDER GRANTING PERMIT PURSUANT TO
HEARING BEFORE GOVERNING BOARD
This Matter cane 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 the following
FINDINGS OF FACT:
1. Hillsborough County owns a 341 acre parcel of land approximately
two (2) miles southwest of Citrus Park in Hillsborough County, designated as
Sheldon Road Well Field, has constructed two sixteen inch (16") water production
wells therein, and now intends to withdraw water therefrom for public supply.
2. Applicant, Hillsborough County Utilities Department, for the County,
pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 16J, Florida Administrative
Code, applied on December 20, 1977, (Application No. 27704273) to the Southwest
Florida Water Management District for a Consunptive Use Permit to authorize the
Applicant to make a coarbined average annual withdrawal of 341,000 gallons of
water per day, with a maximum coined withdrawal rate not to exceed 1,000,000
gallons during any single day.
3. Applicant intends that the operation of the Sheldon Road Well
Field under this requested permit would be essentially as a peaking facility
supplying water to the River Oaks Water Treatment Plant during the peak demand
months of the River Oaks Well Field, thereby reducing dry season peak pumqpage of
River Oaks. The River Oaks Well Field is permitted under Consumnptive Use Permit
No. 7600356, which expires on November 30, 1979.
4. The portion of proposed withdrawal which will be consumptively
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used is 341,000 gallons of water per day (annual average) since all of the water
withdrawn will be disposed of offsite by pipeline to the River Oaks Water
Treatment Plant. This consumptive use of water withdrawn from the 310 acre
well field is at the rate of 365,000 gallons per year per acre, which is
100% of, but does not exceed, the average water crop throughout the District.
5. 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.
6. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the level of the potentio-
metric surface to be lowered below any regulatory level established by the
Southwest Florida Water Management District.
7. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the level of the surface
of water to be lowered below the minimum level established by the Board.
8. The proposed new use withdrawal will not significantly induce
salt water encroachment.
9. 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
10. 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').
11. 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').
12. 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 the Applicant.
13. The proposed withdrawal will not cause the potentiometric surface
to be lowered below sea level.
14. The proposed new use withdrawal will not exceed the water crop
of lands owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Applicant.
15. An objection has been received by the Board. The objector
originally sold the well field land to the County and retained other contiguous
acreage as a dairy farm, and is concerned about future water supply. The Applicant
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-has established that atmaximum authorized pumpage of the well field, the objector's
"existing use of water will not be significantly interfered with. Mr. Tom Fairfield
Brown, an objector, who owns adjacent property, appeared before the Board and cross-
examined applicants' consultant regarding effects of the well field upon adjoining
property. The testimony of the consultant was consistent with the Findingsof Fact
set forth above. Mr. Brown desires that applicant install a monitor well in proximity
to his property. However, the monitor well on applicant's property is sufficient to
monitor water levels and such water level data will be submitted to the District. This
monitoring should be sufficient to carefully monitor water level drawdowns resulting
from withdrawals by the applicant, and no other monitoring is necessary.
16. Applicant has constructed water level monitor wells at the well field
and proposes to maintain water level records. Data gathered in this monitor program
should be furnished to the District.
17. Applicant proposes to construct one deep monitor well to monitor water
quality changes. Plans and specifications have been submitted to the District and are
being reviewed by Staff. The depth of the monitor level, the area to be monitored,
and the range of allowable water quality change, can only be determined during and
after construction. Applicant will consult with and keep District Staff fully advised
during construction and preliminary sampling, and shall establish a chloride monitor
program acceptable to the District upon approval by Staff adequate to monitor any
changes in the saltwater/freshwater interface on any plane. Should a comprehensive
monitor program not be agreed upon, this Board will conduct further hearings on this
18. Applicant's data shows that chlorides in the well field production wells
are at 26 ppm (parts per million). Increase in these chloride levels could be an early
indication of potential significant salt water intrusion. The production wells should
be sampled monthly for chlorides and the results submitted to the District quarterly.
An upper limit for chlorides in any sample should be 50 ppm; and should a sample reach
that limit, the permit must be modified within six (6) months or terminate.
19. Applicant plans to evaluate this well field further, both as a peaking
facility and as a potential source of increased supply, but recognizes that any request
for increased production would have to be supported by substantial additional data.
Nevertheless, since the application under consideration relates to production from the
Sheldon Road Well Field to relieve peak demands at the River Oaks Well Field, the
effectiveness and results of such efforts should be reviewed in conjunction with pro-
posals for the future of the River Oaks Well Field before that Consumptive Use Permit
expires. Therefore, a permit for the consumptive use of water from the Sheldon Road
Well Field should expire on November 30, 1979. Applications for renewal of each should
be filed prior to expiration and comprehensive plans for the future use or development
of each or either, and coordination with other facilities or entities should be
presented for evaluation and consideration by this Board at that time.
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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 intended consumptive use:
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 intended 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
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
DATE: April 4, 1978
bftfILL McATEER, CHAIRMAN
ATTEST: T r,.
TOMAS M. VAN DER VER, SECR TARY rdtou^el
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