Title: WTVT Editorial re: Pinellas Well Regulation
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Title: WTVT Editorial re: Pinellas Well Regulation
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - WTVT Editorial re: Pinellas Well Regulation (JDV Box 43)
General Note: Box 18, Folder 1 ( Water Task Force - 1983 ), Item 13
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CHANNEL 13 WELCOMES CC -NT FROM VIEWERS ON ANY MATTER OF GE kL COM- EUSENE B. DOSON
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
MUNITY INTEREST. RESPONSIBLE AND REPRESENTATIVE SPOKESMEN FOR VIEWb OPPOSING AND STATION MANAGER
OUR OWN WILL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THOSE VIEWS ON THIS STATION
RAY DANTZLER
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS,
NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
TVT EDITORIALHUGH L. SMITH
WTVT, 3213 W. Kennedy Blvd., P.O. Box 22013, Tampa, Fla. 33622 / Tampa 876-1313; St. Petersburg 442-1113 NEWS DIRECTOR
AN OFFICIAL EXPRESSION OF OPINION BY TELEVISION STATION WTVT CYRILG SMITH



VOLUME XV, NUMBER 222 NOVEMBER 7, 1972


PINELLAS WELL REGULATION


It appears that Pinellas County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District may be able
to get together on regulation of pumping from Pinellas wells, which extend into northwest Hillsborough
County. The water district wants the right to set limits on pumping, to prevent over-use from bring-
ing in salt water and ruining the supply for everyone. But Pinellas officials say an arbitrary limit
could endanger bond issues which have been sold on the basis of continued expansion of the system.

Channel 13 has fought for regional control of underground water supplies for years. And we still
feel that the Pinellas field, along with all others, should be under regional regulation. We might
compare the situation to a single tank of water with several faucets. If each community controls its
own faucet without regard to the others, or to the total supply, the tank could soon run dry, or be
contaminated, spelling disaster for everyone. So each community has a stake in expert, impartial
controls on all the faucets, including its own.

While we can understand Pinellas County's concern over its bond issues, it would be even more
disastrous for its water supply to be ruined than it would for it to be regulated too tightly. As we
have pointed out before, the water management district is not some foreign agency which has no
regard for the welfare of individual communities. Its only reason for existence is to serve these
community needs...to keep good water flowing from all the faucets.

We cannot afford to let any single city or county go its own way, and neither can the cities and
counties themselves. If overpumping really does endanger the Pinellas well field, it will be
Pinellas that suffers first and most. On its part, we hope the district agency does apply its regu-
lations reasonably, taking into account all factors. If it doesn't, it could find its power to regu-
late reduced by the people's representatives in the Legislature.

It's interesting that in a survey of its own members and of local candidates, the Tampa Chamber of
Commerce found master planning a top priority with most, and a regional approach to water and
sewer problems also near the top. Channel 13 thinks there is the same recognition throughout the
Bay area that we can't each go his own way, even in cases where we have the technical right to
do so.




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