2 TIMES a SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1977 CHPA
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-,on water problems
A so-called "water war-" of the past few years
Involving several Tampa Bay area cities and-coun-
ties stemmed from several factors, chiefly the lack
of a regional approach to water problems.
Instead of treating the precious resource on a co-
. operative multi-county basis, the various govern-
.... ments local and county
... .ep '-".jn tried to insure adequate
O3 idIi. water for their citizens
without taking into
account the effect of their actions on their neigh-
This provincial attitude was replaced recently
:'by the creation of the W3 t Cast R. Unn4 l Wpt
"Supply Authority, which is attempting to get into
.tie ousmess ot supplying water to its multicounty
S THIS IS THE right approach, in our opinion.
: If the authority can function effectively,.the resi-
dents of the Tampa Bay area should be assured
adequate water without adverse effect on any area.
As yet, no water problems have surfaced in
: neighboring counties n6rth of the Tampa Bay area,
but there is a potential for trouble in the future.
These counties are "water-rich" water sources by
"water-poor" counties farther south.
In an effort to forestall undue loss of water to
other areas, five North Suncoast counties and their
Cities are considering banding together in a Withla-
S coochee water supply authority. Its purpose would .*
; be to insure an adequate water supply within the ge-
Sographical limits of the authority.
By adopting a regional approach to common wa-
ter problems, the five counties Hernando, Cit-
rus, Marion, Levy and Sumter can avoid repeat-
ing the local water battles that have engulfed Pas-
co, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in recent
AT THE SAME TIME, the new authority -
if it is created (and that will require approval of the
Florida Legislature) should not rule out the pos-
Ssibility of cooperating with other regions in the so-
Slution of water problems.
Certainly the authority's primary concern
*.should be to assure sufficient drinkable water for -
Sits constituents. But it ought to achieve this goal in -
Scooperation with its neighbors, rather than by con-
"frontation in endless legal battles.-
No public purpose would be served by trans-
forming the recent local water war in the Tampa"
Bay area into a massive regional fight in Central
Cooperation not confrontation should be
the theme of all future efforts to solve regional wa-