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By JIM DAWKINS
Tribune Staff Writer
NEW PORT RICHEY A
water shortage designation re-
mains in effect for west Pasco as
'water management officials pre-
pare for the coming dry season.
Southwest Florida Water Man-
agement District's governing
board Tuesday continued its desig-
nation of west Pasco as a water
Shortage area as water samples
showed saltwater intrusion levels
HYDROLOGIST Jeff Pohlesaid
the December samples showed vir-
tually no change from other
monthly results since saltwater
levels receded in affected west
Salt levels in one well (a trailer
rark in southwest Pasco) jumped
from 180 to 260 parts per million,
The critical salt level is set at
250 parts per million.
Pohle said no cause for the in-
crease was identified.
"We are entering the season
when it's at its worst," Board
Chairman Derrill McAteer said.
"It's 30 to 40 days away."
DISTRICT OFFICIALS already
have requested and received ap-
proval for the U.S. Geological Sur-
vey to resample West Pasco wells
in March and May, the drought
The water shortage designation
was continued to allow the district
to continue requirements for sam-
pling and reports from utility
The. board Tuesday again
warned utility firms not complying
with district orders that they may
face the district in court.
The district earlier required
each west Pasco water utility to
submit monthly reports in addition
to an analysis of the company's
past and proposed future water
POHLE SAID one firm, Senate
Manor Inc. has not responded. An-
other, Point West Water Corp., has
indicated it will respond.
District requests to S & J Build-
ers and Virginia City, Inc., were
returned as incorrectly addressed.
Board Counsel Myron Gibbons
said if all else fails the district will
seek a court order of contempt
against firms that do not respond.
Although the order from the
water board carries penalties for
not complying and lists non-
compliance as a crime, Gibbons
recommended against such en-
District officials also plan to no-
tify the Public Service Commission
of any firms refusing to comply
with the district order.
The PSC has its own sampling
program and record search under
To aid firms in submitting re-
ports, the district made the month-
ly reports due on the 15th of each
month instead of the previously de-
signated 6th of the month.
The new report due date corre-
sponds with the monthly deadline
for PSC reports.