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S ST. P TERSBU M TIMES -Ia SATURDAY. JANUARY 13; 1979
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bane Wr.' e tiring abour Me po miblty
Sofi ag. &ackingr up Into our water
Ssystem because of nthendif erencesn .
Commiisioner Jeann Malchon
SCou ty faces- '
S-yet another ..
water shortage .
---- y DAVD M. SNYER A shortage is not a certainty, however,
*--.5 rwns ri..m w sut Wdler Knepper added. "If we have a wet spring,
S -LRWATRRMp- we won't have a poblem."
dents could face restrictions on lawn
sprinkling and other non-essential water
use again this year, the county's water di.
S-ctor warned Friday. .
S-Becausedemands for water) have in-
- creased dramatically, there's-a good
chance we may have a shortage" during
the normally dry months of April, May
and early June, said Pinellas County Wa-
-er System Director Terry Knepper.
The principal cause of a shortage
would be the rapidly increasing water de-
mands of western Pasco County residents,
who get water pumped from underground
in central Pasco into Pinellas, then back
to Pasco through lines belonging to the
privately owned, profit-making Paco Wa-
A DAILY average of more than 5-
million gallons of water about 2-million
gallons a day more than anticipated -
was sold to Pasioresidents last year, said
Pasco's peak demands, which could be
as high as 10-million gallons a day during
_ the dry season, and new water customers
in Pinellas could leave the water system
with a reserve of only 2-million gallons a
day, he said.--
However, voluntary restrictions on wa-
ter sprinkling and other non-essential
uses would be invoked long before re-
-serves became tht small, he said. ---
A--hortage-wpud affect about 400,0 -
Pinellas resident- who get their water di-
rectly or indirectly (through city water
systems) from the county.
Knepper said that the city of St. Pe-
tersburg, which supplies water to its resi-
dents and the cities of Gulfport, Oldsmar
and South Pasadena, apparently has suffi- -
cient water supplies, as do Dunedin and
Bellesir, which have their own water sys-
He aid, however, that a shortage will
be unavoidable in 1980 because of the
slow development of new water sources in
KNEPPER AND John T. Alen, the
county's special water attorney, told the
County Commission Friday that contract
negotiations with Psco County over the
use of water from the Cros Bar wellfield
in north-central Pasco have reached an
SUnless the impasse is broken in two or '
three montuw, te county and the cities
perve by its water system will eventually
have t1 declare a building moratorium e.-
cause ol a lack of water, Allen told th
Said Commissioner John Chesnut:
"They (Pasco leaders) have got the same
problems that we've got, so why are they
being so damn obstinate? They're getting
themselves in the hole worse than us."
Though the eastern and central
portions of Pasco county are water-rich,
western Pasco, like all of Pinellas, is wa-
Water shortages are almost as com-
mon in west Pasco as in Pinellas, where
voluntary and-mandatory water-use re-
strictions have been imposed in four of
- the last five years.
LAST YEAR, Pinella water-system
customers were told to cut their water use
-between 4 and 7p.m. to avoid ios of water
pressure in certain neighborhoods.
Future shortages could be far worse.
"We're not just talking about sprin-
.kling bans," said Commissioner Jeanne
Malchon. "We're talking about the possi-
bility of sewage backing up into our water
system because of the differences in
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