The Charles A. Black Water Supply Facility (CABWSF) is the first wellfield and water supply facility developed by the Authority. It was constructed with financial assistance from SWFWMDs Withlacoochee and Coastal Rivers basin boards. The development of this facility was the first step toward implementation of the Authoritys Regional Water Supply Plan and in making the Authority self-sufficient.
The CAB water supply system consists of seven groundwater production wells and two water treatment facilities, CAB-1 and CAB-2. CAB-1 consists of two groundwater supply wells, disinfection equipment, storage tanks, and distribution piping equipment. CAB-2 consists of five groundwater supply wells, disinfection equipment, storage tanks, and distribution piping equipment. Both facilities are regulated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The most recent Water Management District permit allows for a total combined permitted withdrawal rate of 4.597 million gallons per day. This total has been reduced from prior limits. The following figure shows the general location of the CAB facilities:
Richard S. Owen, Executive Director
Mr. Richard Owen, AICP, serves as the Authoritys Executive Director. Mr. Owen started with the Authority in July 2012. He has 30 years of experience with water resource issues, planning and resource management with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, as well as experience in private consulting firms. As Executive Director for the Authority, Mr. Owen is responsible for all operations and management of consultant contracts, budgeting and financial matters of the Authority. Mr. Owen holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters in Economics from the University of South Florida.
Larry M. Haag, Attorney
Mr. Larry Haag is a partner in the Haag, Haag, & Friedrich, P.A., which has served as General Counsel to the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority since 1978. He has represented the Authority since 2001 following his partnership in the Haag, Haag, & Friedrich law firm located in Inverness, Florida. He has represented various private and public entities in Florida since 1974, including 24 years as the Citrus County Attorney. He received his law degree from the Oklahoma City University of Law and is admitted to the bar in Florida and Oklahoma. He is a member of The Florida Bar, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Citrus County Bar Association.
Diane Salz, Governmental Affairs Liaison
Ms. Salz is president and owner of Diane R. Salz Governmental Affairs Consulting, established in 2001. Since 2003, the firm has advanced and protected the interests of the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority before the Florida Legislative and Executive Branches of government. Ms. Salz has 30 years of professional problem solving experience for local, state, and regional levels of government. She has held responsible positions representing water management districts, state agencies, a statewide municipal association, and numerous counties and municipalities throughout the state of Florida. Ms. Salz holds a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.
LuAnne Stout, Administrative Assistant
LuAnne Stout contracted with the Authority as Administrative Assistant in July 2015. She has 36 years of experience in executive and budget administrative positions for water management in the state of Florida. As the Administrative Assistant for the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority, she assists the Authority in day-to-day operations and serves as the project manager for the Authoritys irrigation system evaluation programs.