Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority WRWSA - Ensuring water supplies for the future of the region
WRWSA Work Program Summary
2009 FYE Work Program Summary
1. Transition of Authority to Permanent Offices and Staff:

The WRWSA has undertaken an ambitious and comprehensive water supply planning and development program named: Regional Water Supply and Implementation Program (RWSPIP). The RWSPIP is a long-range process to evaluate and develop a comprehensive water supply strategy for the Withlacoochee region. This includes planning, design and the development of water supplies to meet the areas future water needs.

The need for a regional entity is becoming more evident to the local governments within the region. This will become more evident as the utilization of groundwater becomes more difficult with the establishment of MFLs and the problem of impacts to regional resources leads to the need for more sophisticated tools to solve water supply problems. The Authority provides an entity to help identify problem areas and forge partnerships to solve those problems. Based on the state of the region at this time and the needs in the near future, the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority will pursue the following objectives:

  • The Authority will prepare, in cooperation with the Water Management District, the long-range studies for water supply development within the region.
  • The Authority will be the focus for building partnerships to provide for long-range needs within the region, including inter-jurisdictional issues within the region and where appropriate, the Authority will participate as a partner and/or as the lead agency to design and build water supply projects.
  • The Authority will provide coordination with State and regional agencies in water supply issues.

To accomplish these objectives, the Authority, which has maintained no staff for the past years and handled all business through consultant services, will, in coordination with the Southwest Florida Management District, establish offices within the region but continue to handle the administration and development of its programs through its consulting Executive Director, Jack Sullivan. This transition is projected to be supported through technical and administrative assistance from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

2. Joint Funding of Water Supply Projects with Member Local Governments:

The Authority Board will continue its grant program to assist local governments in developing local water supply projects. Since its inception in FY 1999-2000, the Authority has appropriated $964,631 to local government projects in the region. During the 2008-09 FY, the Board has agreed to appropriate $100,000 toward local government water conservation projects. Proposals will be considered from any member local government in the Authority’s jurisdiction.

View information:  Grant Program Guidelines and the Grant Application Process.

3. Tracking Water Resource Legislation During the 2009 Legislative Session that is of Interest to the Withlacoochee Region:

The Authority has contracted with Diane Salz, Legislative Consultant, to track legislation on water supply, water management districts and other water resource issues. The Authority has focused its attention on tracking any attempts to weaken or abolish the “Local Sources First” permitting requirements adopted by the 1997 Legislature. The Authority approved the continuation of its contract with the Legislative Consultant for additional work during the 2009 legislative session.

4. Cooperative Funding with SWFWMD to Expand Analysis of Water Supply in the Region:

The Authority will continue to cooperatively fund with SWFWMD the development of water supply projects identified in the Phase I 2005 Regional Water Supply Master Plan Update to prepare a more detailed feasibility analysis of each project. As part of the feasibility analysis, the Authority will work to recruit "partners" to implement the water supply projects identified in the Master Plan. The funds from SWFWMD will be matched by appropriations from the Authority.

5. Cooperative Funding with SWFWMD to Analyze Impacts of MFLs to Existing and Future Water Supply Facilities:

The Authority will continue to cooperatively fund with SWFWMD the analysis of the impact of SWFWMD’s proposed minimum flows and levels (MFL) to be set on rivers, lakes, springs and the aquifer in the Withlacoochee Region over the next 10 years. If existing wellfields or future planned wellfields negatively impact resources such as lakes, springs or rivers when MFLs are set on those facilities, it is important for both the Authority and the impacted local government to know this as quickly as possible in order to make necessary changes to avoid those impacts.

6. Cooperative Funding with SWFWMD to Prepare a Data Collection and Monitoring Plan for Northern Sumter County:

The Authority approved a joint data collection and monitoring program for north Sumter County. Over the past year, the Authority’s consultants have had difficulty developing groundwater models of the north Sumter County area in order to provide for a dispersed wellfield in that area to serve future needs of Wildwood and The Villages. Although the Authority is able to proceed with planning for future groundwater supplies in the north Sumter County area, it is still necessary to collect more field data before the Authority and SWFWMD can be sure that a dispersed wellfield in that area would be permitable.

SWFWMD prepared a work program to collect the field data that will be needed to determine if a wellfield in that area is possible. SWFWMD staff is coordinating a cooperative effort between the District, The Villages and the WRWSA to fund this data gathering effort. The total project cost would be $100,000, with the Authority responsible for 1/3 of the cost at $33,333. The Authority believes this data gathering effort is necessary for the Authority to proceed with development of a wellfield in this area of Sumter County.

7. Continuation of Cooperation with Citrus County in Operation of the Authority’s Charles A. Black Wellfield and Water Supply Facility (CABWSF):

The CAB Water Supply Facility is currently operating and supplying water to the Citrus system. The Authority will continue to cooperate with Citrus County in the maintenance and permitting for the wells and the treatment facility per our operation and maintenance contract with Citrus County.

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