Title: Study Says Water Rules Won't Hurt Growth
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Title: Study Says Water Rules Won't Hurt Growth
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Study Says Water Rules Won't Hurt Growth, 1/13/1994
General Note: Box 10, Folder 14 ( SF-Water Use Caution Areas-SWFWMD - 1993-1994 ), Item 45
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Study says water rules won't hurt growth

Tribeae Staff Writer /1
TAMPA Proposed water-ue
restrictions in eight counties from
south Hillsborough to Charlotte
won't stifle growth, according to a
study released Wednesday by re-
gional water managers.
But the cutbacks will put a
dent in the wallets of everyone
from tomato farmers to home-
Residential utility customers,
for Instance, likely will pay an
average of $9 more a month for
water within 10 years as communi-
ties are forced to raise their rates
to encourage conservation and
find alternatives to cheap ground-

Farmers also will feel the
pinch. Limits on the amount of
groundwater they may pump will
require them to Install highly effl-
cient Irrigation systems that can
cost hundreds of dollars per acre.
While expensive, the changes
probably won't drive people out of
business, sid Peter Hubbell, exec-
utive director of the Southwest
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict, which commissioned the
study by the consulting firm Hazen
and Sawyer of Hollywood, Fla.
"The impacts will be bear-
able," Hubbell said. "We were told
to come up with a plan that pro-
tects the resource. We've been
able to do that and minimize eco-
nomic impacts to the area at the
same time."

District officials say cutbacks
are needed because too much wa-
ter is being withdrawn from un-
derground aquifers in a 5,100-
square-mile area stretching from
South Hillsborough and Polk coun-
ties in the north to Charlotte and
DeSoto counties in the south.
To halt the flow of salty water
creeping In as fresh water Is
sucked out, district officials plan
to impose tougher conservation
measures on everybody and pro-
mote the development of alterna-
tive supplies such as treated sew-.
age and river reservoirs. The plan
will be adopted sometime this
year, with restrictions phased In
during the next 10 years.
The plan also would allow for
the first time in Florida the sale of

water rights from those who have
more water than they need to
those who don't have enough.
Critics claim the plan would
devastate the area's economy, put-
ting people out of work and crip-
pling growth. District officials say
the economic analysis proves
them wrong, although they ac-
knowledge the study focused most-
ly on the general effect of the cut-
backs on Industries.
A second phase of the study
will address in more detail how in-
dividual users will fare Under the
new regulations; examining, for in-
stance, whether land will be worth
less if the water beneath it cannot
be tapped. The complete econom-
See STUDY, Page 5

Study shows some major water users prepared for new rules

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ic assessment is expected to cost
The study released Wednesday
said the overall economic fallout
won't be severe because some ma-
jor water users have prepared for

the changes. Most citrus growers, ter use to 110 gallons per day as
for instance, already have convert- required in the district plan.
ed to efficient irrigation systems.
In addition, many pubo efficient tionytem. Finally, the study said, there is
In0 at enough water available from sourc-
- especially those along the crowd- enough water available from sourc-
ed coast where the water problems es other than the aquifer to meet
are most severe are at or close the needs of the area, with some
to the district-mandated goal of re- room for growth, through at least
during their average per-person wa- the year 2015.

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