Title: Water Authority Will Try to Acquire Control of Wellfield that Provides City's Water
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Title: Water Authority Will Try to Acquire Control of Wellfield that Provides City's Water
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Publisher: Pasco Times
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Abstract: Water Authority Will Try to Acquire Control of Wellfield that Provides City's Water, 1/4/1977
General Note: Box 10, Folder 19 ( SF Water Wars - 1975-2000 ), Item 23
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TIMES U TUESDAY.Ji RY R4, 1977


Water authority will try to acquire control

of wellfield that provides city's water


By JAMES HARPER
Pasco Times Staff Writer
NEW PORT RICHEY The
West Coast Regional Water Supply
Authority has decided to try to acquire
control of the Starkey Wellfield from
which New Port Richey gets its fresh
water, but City Atty. Jack B. McPher-
son is warning the City Council that
the authority's acquisition of the well-
emay not be in te citysbestter-
ests.
Although the city has been willing
to go along with the acquisition if the
water can be produced more efficiently
that way, McPherson says he believes
there are several reasons why it might
cost city residents more.
McPherson voiced his concerns
Monday in a letter to City Council
members. He wrote that:
V The water rate the city would
pay the authority would have to in-


clude costs of the authority's operating
overhead.
V The rate-making discretion of
the council in computing customer's
water rates would be directly affected
by the rate which the authority would
charge the city.
V While the city now produces,
treats and transmits the water to its
customers, the proposed arrangement
would add a new entity to the water
marketing chain.
McPherson's letter was accompa-
nied by a copy of a letter dated Dec. 30
from the authority's general manager,
Richard J. Hesse, to Dofiald R. Feas-
ter, executive director of the South-
west Florida Water Management Dis-
trict.
The district, commonly known as
Swiftmud, now owns the Starkey Well-
field. The city gets its water free, but
has to help pay for environmental
studies in the wellfield, and has money


invested in pumps and pipelines.
HESSE'S LETTER to Feaster
said that the regional authority's
board of directors decided Dec. 15 to
take steps to acquire the wellfield.
"The authority staff is developing
the necessary a insider the
possibilities of management, leasing,
outright purchase or.gher-optionst'ot
acq usition oef~te wellfield," Hesse
sid. Hesse predicted that the matter
would involve considerable discussion
with the city.
McPherson pointed out that
Hesse's letter made no mention of a
written report prepared by the New
Port Richey water study committee
last June, although Hesse was given a
copy, McPherson said.
That report recognized that the re-
gional water supply authority idea
would be best for the future, but rec-
ommended that the city maintain cont-
rol over Wthwe lfieidin the near future.


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