Title: Gen. Background on SWFWMD
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Title: Gen. Background on SWFWMD
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Gen. Background on SWFWMD
General Note: Box 18, Folder 1 ( Water Task Force - 1983 ), Item 24
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00004148
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General Background on Southwest Florida Water Management District

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has the authority and
responsibility of developing and implementing a comprehensive program of water
management throughout its fifteen county area. The District was created by
Chapter 61-691, Laws of Florida, by the 1961 Florida Legislature and operates
through the authority of Chapters 373 and 378, Florida Statutes. The District is
divided into eleven watershed basins. Each basin represents a hydrologically
controllable unit. Each basin may assess an ad valorem tax of up to 1.0 mills for
work within the basin. The tax revenue raised by a basin can only be used within
that basin.

Southwest Florida Water Management District (Regulatory)

Because df legal requirements, when the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District assumed ground water responsibility, the Southwest Florida Water
Management District (Regulatory) was created. Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District (Regulatory) is the Southwest Florida Water Management District
acting under the authority of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes.
As part of our water regulatory program the District requires a permit for
every well that is two (2) inches or larger in diameter that is constructed in the
District. On the average we handle approximately 12,000 permits per year. In
addition, all well drillers who operate in the District must be registered. We
presently have over 600 registered drillers. The well permit system and the well
driller registration were the first steps taken towards ground water regulation. We
recognized from the outset that we had to know more about our water resources
before we attempted any type of comprehensive regulation. We have found the
permit and registration programs invaluable in the collection of the hydrological
and geological data of our District.
In February, 1972, the District issued its first order to the City of St.
Petersburg regulating the operation of its well fields in Pasco and Hillsborough
counties. Prior to issuing the order to the City of St. Petersburg, the District
conducted an extensive inventory of all wells in northern Pinellas County, north-
west Hillsborough County and southwestern Pasco County. Our inventory showed
the existence of over 2,200 wells that were 4 inches or larger in diameter. In
addition, our investigations showed that the major ground water users in 1970 were:
1. City of St. Petersburg 28.4 million gallons per day
2. Pinellas County 24.7 million gallons per day
3. University of South Florida 1.1 million gallons per day
4. City of Temple Terrace 1.0 million gallons per day
5. City of New Port Richey 0.9 million gallons per day
This investigation clearly indicated that the best solution to resolving the water
resource problems of this tri-county area would be to regulate the two major users --
City of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County, rather than all the users. Consequently,
the City of St. Petersburg which was the largest user at that time received the first
order. Recognizing the need to regulate all major water users, the Board of Gov-
ernors has also directed the staff to prepare similar orders for Pinellas County's well
field, Hillsborough County's well field and the City of Tampa's well field.

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