Pasco and wcaer supply uPthority move closer onwellfield i issue 64,
by Robert ilbbs
Pasco County and the West Coast
Regional Water Supply Authority could
be--clos to .an agreement on the
development of the Cross Bar Ranch,,
wellidld and related matters;
Although the agreementbased on the
proposal made in April by.Pasco Com-
mission Chairman Mike Olson, received
a cautiously favorable reaction-from the .
board of directors of the authority during '
its meeting on Wedneday, final action'
on the agreement was deered to give the
board members more time to study the
The board members decided to set up a
workshop session to furtherdeal with the -
remnining points of controversy with the
ACCOIRDING TO board member Dale
Twachtman, the public works and water
system m director of Tampa, Pasco and the
authority are 'not far apart on. the I
agreement, however. "I'm surprised
we're this close," he said after a lengthy
discussion ofthe agreement.
The tentative agreement comes on the
Sheets o many months of disagreement-
over the development of the Cross Bar
Ranch in northcentral Pasco County.
In explaining the proposed agreement
between Pasco. and the authority, Bill
Duynslager, thePasco utility director,
said the agreement would 'signal a
signlficantcommitment to the authority
by the county. Speaking of Pasco's
motives for putting fo rdthe proposal,
Duynstager said: "You've asked Pasco
to be more active: this does that. You've
asked Pasco to be a customer; this does
A NOTE OF jpsimism wias struck by
Olson, who said authaoty board approval
of the agreement might not settle the
matter because gaining approval by the
-Pasco County,. commission could be
difficult to achieve. Pasco commission
approval, Olson said, 'might be a tough
nut to crack-back home, but I'll go back
and votelorltX- -- -
S According to Olon, the most sensitive
:area for th. Pasco commission will in-
volve the section of the -agreement
pledging Pasco's support of a "0-4
million gallon a day (mgd) consumptive
use permit for Cross Bar Ranch, con-
tingent on a- number of tests at the
welfleld. -- .
A 'large-.-part- of. the disagreement
between Pinellas and Pasco Countleshus..
centered-on the issue of the 30.45 mgd
permit for Crss Bar. -
However, the agreement w6uld
commit the authority to the step-by-step
development of Cross Bar favored.by.
Pasco, Olson said in explaining why he
supports the agreement.
IN THE. PAST, Olson has tended to
play dow- any possible influence Pase
might hav.wlth the SOuthwest Florida
Water Management District (Swiftmud)
related to-the 30-45 mgd permit ap,
-In support of Olson's assertions
Duynslagersald a permit from Swiftmud
based on the tentative agreement would
be "the most liberal permit on any major
In returnllor Pasco's support of the 30-
45 mrgd7permit application, the
grponier calls on the authority to
conduct 12 months of testing at the first
currently permitted level o 15-20 mgd.
The current consumptive use permit
from Swiftmud allows the authority t
pump water from Cross Bar Ranch at
rate of 15 mgd on a yearly average bas
and 20 mgd on peak basis.
THE AGREEMENT also spells out a
Number of other tests and environmental
safeguards for Cross Bar Ranch and for
the authority's other welfleld, Cypress
Another -area of discussion by the
board was the Pasco offer In the
proposed agreement to purchase up to a
maximumof 5 mgd from Cypress Creek,
which is located near Land O'Lakes in
central Pasco. Pineilas Commissione .
Charles'Rainey asked Olson-why- Pasco
is offering to buy water from.Cypires u
SCreek and not Cross Bar. -
In response to Rainey, Olson said -e .
lower price of water from Cypres C re ek
was the. only reason or the Paco
preference... Pasco County Is not con.
cerned with where the water It would buy
:.- from the authority comes from, Olson
said, "as long as we pay the Cypre
Creek price." --
Unlike Pinellas, Pasco does not have- S
major water supply system. However;
Pasco is In the process of acquiring tile
private water and sewer systems In i
S B West Pasco area. Because of this Paco >-
would probably needthe Cypress Cr :
water n about two years, Duynslg w.
TO FACILITATE the anticlip"i.
Pasco purchase of Cypress Creek waer, 3
the proposed agreement calls on.
+ in authority to construct a water suipip--t 3
pipeline from'Cypress Creek to!.h
Odessa area. -
This portion of the agreement spat d -
-a response fIra George "Bud" Brin. -
prsdent of- the privately-owned Pic '
-Water Authority. The requested pltge =
to construct the pipeline to the Odgsa C0
area, Brown.told Olson, "assumes ym'Ull>
have something to connect It to onceou P
getthere.", ---- 0
"That's what we're assum(I,".-
responded Olson. Takeover of the I'A-- .'
pipeline, which brings water tot est-
Pamco via Pinellas County is a mai4oa '~'
of Pa ro's effort- to get into the *le -
supply business. Ol-nn said the cnlnty
intendsi to own the I'WA pipeline within
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