Time's Running Out
to obtain water use permits
Water users in a portion of southern Hillsborough and Manatee counties
are running out of time to apply for new water use permits. Persons
withdrawing water from wells who do not have a valid water use permit, or
whose water use permit has expired, are affected. Existing permits may be
renewed, but no increases in withdrawals will be allowed. The Eastern Tampa
Bay Water Use Caution Area (ETBWUCA) includes southern Hillsborough,
Manatee, and northwest Sarasota counties.
The ETBWUCA was established because of the severe drawdown of the
groundwater within its boundaries. This drawdown is causing a degradation of
water quality by salt water intrusion. Within the ETBWUCA, a smaller area
has been designated as the "Most Impacted Area" (MIA) where the groundwa-
ter level drawdowns are the most severe. Within the MIA, new groundwater
uses are prohibited as of June 28, 1990. The District has implemented a rule
allowing any expired or existing impact user to apply for a permit prior to July
1, 1991. This "grace" period is only for expired WUPs and existing
unpermitted wells that have withdrawn water within the two years previous to
June 27, 1990 within the MIA. These applications must include documentation
of the water iuse, such as aerial photos, tax assessor records, or crop harvesting
records. Applications for unpermitted uses will not be accepted after June 30,
1991. The prohibition on new use in the MIA will continue until the District's
hydrologic study of the area is completed; new requirements will be based on
the results of thi:: study, expected to be completed in 1992.
The District requires a Water Use Permit (WUP) prior to any withdrawal of
water if (1) the total withdrawal capacity from any source or combined source
is greater than or equal to 1,000,000 gallons per day (gpd), (2) the annual
average withdrawal from any source or combined sources is greater than or
equal to 100,000 gpd, (3) the withdrawal is from a well having an outside
diameter of 6 inches or more at the surface, (4) the withdrawal is from a sur-
face water body and the outside diameter of the withdrawal pipe, or (5) ,ie
sum of the outside diameters of the withdrawal pipes is 4 inches or greater.
If you do not have a valid WUP and are making withdrawals you need to
contact your local District Service office and apply for the proper permits
prior to the deadline date of July 1, 1991.
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