SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
"CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG )
CONSUMPTIVE USE PERMIT ) ORDER
': APPLICATION NO. 7500003 )
After due notice a Public Hearing was held before the Governing Board
of the District on Wednesday, January 14, 1976 and February 18, 1976 in the
Board Room, District Headquarters, Southwest Florida Water Management District,
U. S. 41 South, Brooksville, Florida, to consider Application No. 7500003 for
a Consumptive Use Permit for water in Hillsborough County, Florida. Applicant
".T was present and represented by Counsel at said Hearing. The Board, after hearing
1 and considering testimony and receiving and examining documentary evidence, makes
." the following Findings of Fact:
1. The City of St. Petersburg applied on September 9, 1975 for a permit for
public water supply as an existing use of 9 mgd and a new use of 18 mgd from
6 wells located in Hillsborough County for off-site consumption.
' 12. The City has requested an average annual withdrawal of 18 mgd and a maximum
daily withdrawal of 22 mgd.
;, 3. The Application No. 7500003 as amended with attachments, letters of
^ objections, copy of proof of publications of notice of hearings which was
} published in Tampa Tribune on December 23 and 30, 1975, and notices to those
i listed under Chapterl6J-2.06(2)(c), Florida Administrative Code, were
Received into the record.
4. Testimony was received by the applicant's representatives, consultants and
District staff on the effects of withdrawing the requested amounts of water.
5. Testimony was presented by the District staff that the applicant has requested
to increase the average annual withdrawal from 9 mgd to 18 mgd. Regulatory
levels will have to be utilized as a regulatory tool to regulate withdrawals.
The application is for a use that is a reasonable and beneficial one; con-
sistent with the public interest; will not interfere with any legal use
existing at time of application; 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; will not cause the level of potentiometric surface
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: to be lowered below the Board's established regulatory levels; will not lower
the level of the surface of water to below the minimum level set by the Board;
will not significantly induce salt-water encroachment; will not, based
on study of water table response, cause the water table to be -lowered so
that lake stages or vegetation will be adversely and significantly affected
on lands other than those .owned, leased, or controlled by the applicant;
but the amount of water consumptively used will exceed the water crop by
2667% based on the fact that the available water crop is 675,000 gallons
6. The well field has been regulated by existing regulatory levels which should
eliminate future water level declines. Data collected indicate the regulatory
levels are protecting the water resources of the area.
7. The proposed withdrawal of water in the quantities requested will cause a
drawdown of the potentiometric surface at the boundaries of the applicant's
"well field by more than five feet; but will not cause the water table under
the applicant's well field to be lowered by more than three feet or cause
the level of the surface of water in any lake or impoundment other than
within the applicant's well field property to be lowered more than one foot
or cause the potentiometric surface to be lowered below sea level.
Based upon the testimony heard and the documentary evidence received
.. ~ and the Findings of Fact made as set out hereinabove, the Board makes the
H CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
The parties have properly proceeded under Chapter 373, Florida Statutes,
1'; and the Rules promulgated pursuant thereto. The testimony heard and documentary
evidence received permit the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water
S. Management District to grant the application for a Consumptive Use Permit with
^ certain restrictions to protect the natural resources of the area.
: IT IS THEREUPON
The Staff of Southwest Florida Water Management District is authorized
and directed to issue a Permit on Application No. 7500003 containing the terms
and conditions set forth in Exhibit I, attached hereto.
DATED: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
DERRILL S. McATEER, CHAIRMAN
"THOMAS M. VAN DER VEER, SECRETARY