October 4, 1996
Executive Office of the Governor
Office of Planning and Budgeting
Room 1501, The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Thank you for the opportunity to provide additional comments
for consideration of the Water Supply Development and Funding
As we discussed previously with respect to the Minimum Flows
and Levels issue, there are major policy arenas that have really
not been clarified to date, either through directive or, more
particularly through administrative and judicial decisions.
Before we can effectively divide into working groups to decide
how much money ought to be raised for water, or what are the
technical issues surrounding supply, and the important
organizational issues, we need to discuss and clarify those basic
One of these key terms is "local sources first". Although
at first blush, this seems like a good, simple concept, there
never has been a clear determination of what "sources" are
compared (with regard to price and quality) and what does
"local" really mean. For example, in the South Florida Water
Management District, there really is hardly any truly "local"
water supplied. The District, by their own description moves
water from the north of their territory, to the south, from west
to east, and east to west, wherever the need is appropriate in
their view. On the other extreme, the South West Florida Water
Management District is apparently confining its willingness to
look at supply within given water shortage areas, for the most
part. Some counties within the district seem to consider that
water should be used only within a given county (so-called "donor
county" concept), and some apparently view legislative districts
as an appropriate geographical source. In terms of quality,
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there are conflicts about whether water quality (reused,
stormwater, surface water or groundwater) should be part of the
legitimization of a given water resource to be deemed a "source"
for a certain purpose under the policy. Likewise, should
something be considered a "source" if the price is extremely high
compared to other, environmentally sound alternatives.
I know these are basic issues. But we feel that open debate
and discussion on them is very important in order to develop a
community view as to what Floridians should view as their
ultimate water supply. Only after some closure has occurred on
this can we truly plan funding and design of new water sources.
Once again, Pinellas County would like to thank you for the
opportunity to participate in this effort.
cc: Dan Stengle (Deputy Chief of Staff/Governor's Office)