Hills., PUBLIC HEARINGS - TB Water Use Permit & Regional Op Plan 3/3
- Subject: Public Hearings Will Address Tampa Bay Water's Consolidated Water Use Permit Renewal and Regional Operations Plan 3/3
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY NEWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2010
Public Hearings Will Address Tampa Bay Waters Consolidated
Water Use Permit Renewal and Regional Operations Plan
Hillsborough County Commissioners have scheduled two public hearings on Wednesday
(March 3) to discuss Tampa Bay Waters consolidated wellfields water use permit renewal, and the water suppliers annual report on their Optimized Regional Operations Plan.
The public hearing on the water use permit is at 2 p.m. in the County Commission Boardroom, 2nd floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa. The second hearing on the operations plan will immediately follow.
Hillsborough County is one of six local governments which receive drinking water through the regional supply system operated by Tampa Bay Water. After a careful pre-application and review process, County staff is recommending that Commissioners not arbitrate either item they will discuss on Wednesday.
The water use permit from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) for Tampa Bay Waters 11 Central System wellfields expires Dec. 31. Tampa Bay Water has prepared an application that requests renewal of the permit at the current annual average withdrawal rate of 90 million gallons per day, for a 10-year term.
The second public hearing involves Tampa Bay Waters annual report on the Optimized Regional Operations Plan. This report, required by SWFWMD, documents and governs operations of the agencys Central System wellfields.
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THINK AT THE SINK!
During this ongoing drought, every drop of water counts.
Learn how you can cut water use at http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/water/conserve