Arun on water,
Population growth for Pinellas, Hillsborough arid Pasco counties over the next 35 years will mean a 25
to44 percent increase rl"water.consumption, depending on conservation'efforts, water officials predict.
That means the three-county region iil need at least an additional 66 mllon gallons per day (MGD) of
drinking water. Here is a breakdown of some options under consideration to get more water:.
",.. -:' Cost per
Source MGD 1,000 gallons
Pipeline from Lake Rousseau in Citrus County 50 $2.09
Pipeline from Weeki Wahee'Spiingi in Hernando County 7 -, -" '. 15 .' $1.94
Gulf water desalination :'- :50. $4.56
Cleaned wastewater fror*Tampa's Hooker Point plant ';.::' :..' -.- 32 $2.27
A wellfield in eastern PascodC~i ounty" '40 $0.68
A wellfield in orthiast HillsboroughCounty' 30 $0.75
Alafia River water, for agricultural use-. ., 15 $0.67
The Tampa BypassCanal -: 13 $0.70
Conervat.'': :- 12 $.54
Brackish water desalination at Uthia Springs in Hillsborough 5 $1.19
Sorw mWt Coast Regiurl Waer Supply Auortry .
put limits on
By KATHLEEN BEEMAN 'o
Tribune Staff Writer :: a
ST. PETERSBURG Reacting
to local fears, state Rep. Helen Spiv--
ey, D-Crystal River, filed a bill Mon-
day intended to stop Tampa Bay
governments .from piping water
from northern counties. -
"People in my district are very
frightened by the water situation,"
and the prospect of a water pipeline
from Citrus or Hernando counties to
the Tampa Bay area, the first-term
representative said. .
Under Spivey's proposal, lpiing
water would be allowed for a short
time only If the receiving communi-
ty declared a temporary building
moratorium. Piping for longer peri-
ods could occur only with the con-
sent of the community supplying the
water and the area's water manage-
State law provides that the
state's water belongs to everyone.
Pick Talley, utilities director for Pi-
nellas County, said communities
should not have to forgo economic
growth to get water from elsewhere.
STalley has said densely p,ulat-
ed Pinellas might need to pipe. wa-
ter froi the counties to the north.
"I guess what she's saying is that
you can have a local transfer if a
government gets to the point of fi-
nancial disaster," Talley said. "It
doesn't make a lot of sense."
Anti-pipeline activist Nancy Ar-
genziano said Spivey's bill is a good
first step. But the Citrus County resi-
dent said she would prefer a law
prohibiting any water transfers.
till, Argenziano said she doesn't
think even Spivey's bill will pass.
"When you say the words build-
ing moratorrum' the representatives
from Pinellas and St. Petersburg
nearly .have a stroke," she said.
"Being that we [the northern coun-
ties] are legislatively outnumbered
... I'm not too sure it has a