T. PERSURG IMES THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 17. 177 98
Development of new
Sweater sources urged
;By DAVID SNYDER
:I. Ptraburg Time Staff Writer
CLEARWATER Development of new water sources
,must berin immediatIalvg r l neuas residentiwill face a re-
turn to sprinkling bans and low water pressure in iighl-rise
mi three years, consultants told the West Coast Regional
Water Supply Authority Wednesday.
A $125,000 study by Ross, Seartinen, Bolton & Wilder,
Inc., consultants for the authority, says Pinellas, Pasco,
*and Hillsborough counties and the City of St. Petersburg
Swill face "severe" water shortages in 1980 if new sources are
That means "the whole parade of horrible" experi-
enced a few years ago- water use restrictions and ion wat-
ger pressure that left same high-rise residents unable to
flush their toilets could reoccur, not just in Pinellas, but
Throughout the region, said Charles Rainey, authority
chairman and a Pinellas County commissioner.
Because new wellfields take a long time to develop, the
authority must move immediately to bring new source "on
the line," Rainey said.
Only the city of Tampa, which uses water from the
Hillsborough River, appears to have enough water to meet
its needs in 1980, the study says.
To provide water for t re he study recommend
tDleeopment ot a 4 lion-gauon-a-day welield
on the Norris Cattle Co. tiratfin north-central asco Uoun-
ty. The wellfield is now owned by ~ine---
P construction of a p lieinenng the Cypresst.
Swellield inCitral Pascoto water-oor West Pasco.
VTnierconnections with the -Tampa water system to
serve northwest Hi"sborough County and development of
wells f the Brandon area to serve southeast Hillsborough.