Hillsborough suspends backflow enforcement listen08/20/08 Seán Kinane
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At today’s Hillsborough County Commission meeting, the Board decided to temporarily halt enforcement of residential backflow prevention violations. Eight Sun City Center residents spoke in favor of the county suspending enforcement.
Many of the residents who spoke had received notices of violation because they do not have backflow valves that prevent the lake water they pump for irrigation from contaminating the drinking water supply. Expensive backflow pumps are required, even at houses where the two water systems are not connected with each other, said Joyce Nodland, president of the North Lake Association.
Sun City Center resident David Brown told the Commission that he thinks the backflow valves could be easy targets for vandals or people looking to cause harm through the county’s drinking water system.
A backflow pump requirement has been challenged in Palm Beach County, which is one reason why Paul Vanderploog, Hillsborough's director of Water Resource Services, recommended suspending enforcement.
The Board voted unanimously to delay enforcement of residential backflow prevention violations until October 1, 2009.
Commissioner Al Higginbotham asked county staff for a report about federal funds available for affordable housing.
During public comment, David McCallister, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, suggested that the so-called “Hillsborough Veterans Memorial Park” should be promoted as a tourist attraction. It is the site near I-4 and I-75 where his group plans to fly a giant Confederate battle flag. McCallister said there are two other tourist attractions in the county where a different flag is flown, one is the Seminole Indian Reservation and the other is Ybor City’s Jose Marti Park.
The Board also approved a budget amendment to appropriate $2.1 million to increase the budget for the court-related technology fund by taking the money out of the countywide general fund. A supermajority vote was required. It passed 6-0 with Commissioner Al Higginbotham absent.