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||Water Authority in Business?
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Water Authority in Business? Vol XVIII, No 245, Dec 9, 1975
||Box 10, Folder 19 ( SF Water Wars - 1975-2000 ), Item 70
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DECEMBER 9, 1975
WATER AUTHORITY IN BUSINESS?
The dispute over water supplies in the Bay area has been settled so many times
it sounds like a broken record. And still the various city and county governments
are fussing and feuding. But we must call yesterday's agreement by the new West
C0st Water Supply Authority to buy its tirst well field another milestone, to add
tc the string of such significant markers stretching several years into the past.
And we're sure it won't be the last milestone we'll be remarking on before water
ceases to be a subject of Intergovernmental conflict.
The fact is, the agreement reached yesterday is only tentative, and comes in the
midst of some rather serious differences among member governments over other water
matters. Hillsbozcugh County is opposing the Pinellas plan to develop the East
Lake field near the county line. Pasco County is holding up a St. Petersburg
permit to start pumping from the Cypress Creek field, which the joint water
authority is trying to buy. The Southwest Florida Water Management District
also is raising questions about the Cypress Creek plans. And the district bca:d
meets tomorrow tc act cn the East Lake proposal.
So, in some ways it might appear the local governments involved a:e linked more by
disagreement than agreements. But at least they are sitting around the table with
each other, and not firing long-distance broadsides as they used to. And we think
the supply authority could be a key actor in finding common ground among the
In the final analysis, all any of them want is assurance of the water necessary
to seive present and future citizens. If a single wholesale supply authority can
provide this assurance, through the Cypress Creek field and o:her sources to
be added in the future, then the reasons for conflict will largely disappear.
We urge al member governments Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties,
and the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg to work very hard to make the
supply authority a reality. It's the key to detente in the water wars.
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