By 2020, Area Residents May Get Imported Water

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By 2020, Area Residents May Get Imported Water


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By 2020, Area Residents May Get Imported Water, Feb 25, 1976
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Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 61
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being prepared by the Southwest Florida
Water Management District.
; Highlights of the draft include: .
: Water will remain bountiful statewide
- in the year 2020..but the water may not
be available in the right place at the
right time.
As of 1970. only Pinellas County and.
to a minor degree. Charlotte County in
Sthe 15-county Southwest. Floria Water
Management District did not have suf-
ficient water within their own counties to
meet local need.
Pinellas County. for instance, already
has to import about 50 per cent of its
water from Pasco and Hillsborough well-
fields in order to meet residents' water
needs .
-THE AMOUNT almost coincides with
. .the amount of water Hillsborough County
-had available in 1970 over the amount
actually needed.
By the year 2020, Pinellas. Sarasota.
Pasco. Hillsborough. Manatee and Char-"
lotte counties all may have to go outside

their county limits in the search for

Pinellas County then is expected to
still be the frontrunner looking for water
to import. but the need will have jumped
from 28-million gallons a day to 150 mil-
lion gallons a day more than the wateg
resources available in Pinellas.
By 2020. Hillsborough County's popu-
lation is expected to have almost tripled.
causing the county to need to import
almost 16 million gallons of water daily
to meet a daily water need of 176 million
IF THE PREDICTION holds true. the
county's. domestic water need will be
about half the water that now flows in
Hillsborough River on an average day.
The predictions are the first step in
the five-year study being done as part of
a statewide water resources research
The predictions and preliminary
study will not go to state officials until
public hearings are held.

By 2020, Area Residents

May Get Imported Water

Tribune Staff Writer
Tampa Bay area residents, by the
year 2020, could be drinking water from
as far away as Weeki Wachee or ever
Lake Okeechobee.
New water resource predictions show
that as population increases an available

water supply may depend on a massive
network of interconnected wellfields
stretching across almost a third of the

THE PREDICTIONS are a portion of
the 1976 State Water Resource Plan draft

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Water r
Rainey is the commission's water
expert and is chairman of the West
Coast Regional Water Supply Authori-
ty, which Jones is questioning. Rainey
is currently hospitalized, possibly with
kidney stones, but his opinion will
probably have considerable bearing on
how the commission proceeds /
JONES TOLD the commission
that he spoke with Rainey during the
weekend and that Rainey agreed a re-
view is needed.
The commission's decision follows
S several recent events affecting the
amount of water that will be available
to Pinellas County residents this year.
Swiftmud has restricted pumping
at the East Lake Road wellfield in Pi-
nellas County. The Hillsborough Coun-
ty Commission supported a pumping
restriction. The Pinellas County water
system said the restriction will mean a
loss of 2-million gallons of water a day.
Swiftmud has agreed to review that de-
cision in April. .
Water from Cypress Creek Well-
field in Pasco County was expected for
this dry season by both the county and
S the City of St Petersburg. However, a
court ruling that the Wellfield requires
a regional impact statement has

stalled those plans. The county, city
and Swiftmud went to court Monday
to try to get work started again on the
wellfield, while they appeal the judge's
In addition, the crucial factor in
any dry season the weather has
not been promising. Unless there is
considerably more rainfall before
March, the March-to-June dry season
may be unusually dry this year, ex-
perts say..
THE COUNTY'S objections to
the Swiftmud board are not new. The
county believes that the board is too
rural-oriented with only one Pinellas
County member on the nine-member'
board. Pinellas has a third of the popu-
lation of the 15-county district and is
entitled to representation on a one
man, one vote basis, officials say. .
SCriticism of the new West Coast
Regional Water Supply Authority has
been rare until now. The fledgling orga-
nization composed of Hillsborough,
Pasco and Pinellas counties and the
cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa -
is charged with finding new sources of
water for area governments.
So far, it has agreed only to take
over operation of The Cypress Creek
Wellfield. The West Coast water sup-
ply authority meets today in Clearwa-

Will water amendment

increase district tax?

St. Petersbur Tmes Staf Wrltrw
S CLEARWATER The constitu-
tional amendment on water manage-
ment taxes may increase, not decrease,
the potential tax burden for residents
of the Southwest Florida Water Man-
agement District, the Pinellas County
Commission was told Tuesday.
The Amendment will be voted on
March 9.
IT PROVIDES for up to one mill
of tax for water management purposes
without a referendum. (One mill
equals $1 in property taxes for each
$1,000 of taxable assessed property
Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, a sup-
porter of the amendment, has said that
it will reduce the potential tax burden
of residents of the Southwest water dis-
trict, commonly known as Swiftmud.
Swiftmud area residents can now
be taxed 0.3 mills for Swiftmud activi-
Sties, and up to one mill for activities in
local basins within Swiftmud. Undei
the amendment, Askew argues that the
potential tax would be limited to one
!mill, instead of a total 13 mills. (Swift.
mud taxes now range from .25 to .84

BUT St. Petersburt attorney John

* T. Allen Jr., Pinellas County's special
water counsel, disagrees.
He said that Swiftmud's taxing
power would be increased from 0.3
mills to one mill by the amendment. In
addition, he said that the one mill tax
allowed within'basins, such as the Pi-
nellas-Anclote River Basin, would not
be abolished by the amendment.
Allen's statements came as he
briefed the County Commission on the
water amendment. Commission Chair-
man Don Jones asked that a resolution'
opposing the amendment be drawn up
for consideration by the commission
next week.
STATE SEN. Philip D. Lewis, D-
West Palm Beach, statewide chairman
of the amendment drive, said he "begs
to differ" with Allen's analysis.
He said that the amendment would
lower the tax to one mill and the Legis-
lature may lower it still further this
spring if the amendment passes. "We
may limit them to one-half mill," he
The basins' taxing powers would be
limited by the amendment, he said.
"The thing is so simple that it scares
them," Lewis said of the amendment's
opponents. "They've got bugs on the
wall that aren't there ... I think he's
seeing spooks. ."

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