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SWFWMD Board Considers Impact of January Freeze listen

03/30/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During this January’s hard freeze, farmers sprayed well water onto their plants to protect them from the cold. There’s still controversy over who will pay for damaged wells and roads.

More than 50 people today attended the Southwest Florida Water Management District Board meeting at Hillsborough Community College Plant City campus. Plant City homeowner Steven Gambrells is concerned that the high volume of water pumped from the F...

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The future of water availability and desalination in Florida listen

03/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday was World Water Day. We brought you the first half of an interview with Sandra Postel, an international water expert and the National Geographic Freshwater Fellow in 2010.

Today, in part two, Postel speaks about how Florida is affected by water issues.

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World Water Day focused on important natural resource listen

03/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A United Nations report out today says that polluted water kills more people than all violence and war combined.

The report, called “Sick Water?” was released on World Water Day by the U.N. Environment Program.

One finding of the report is that three liters of water are needed to make just one liter of bottled water. The bottled-water industry in the United States uses...

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Water Summit Shows Disconnect Between Officials and Conservationists listen

03/11/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today Hillsborough’s City-County Planning Commission held a forum to brainstorm on how to deal with diminishing water resources amid a growing population. The event attracted everyone from county officials to activists, though not everyone was satisfied with what they heard.

County Planner Melissa Zornitta says that, despite recent stats showing a net loss, Hillsborough County’s population is growing.

One of her colleagues said that this translates to adding to the current number by...

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Tampa City Council workshop on reusing reclaimed water listen

02/25/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Is using reclaimed water safe? Does it really just send sewer water to drinking water faucets? Officials from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and environmental engineers say it is safe, and will be necessary to have over the next 50 years is current supplies are to run out. Tampa City Council held a reclaimed water workshop this morning.

Reclaimed water from wastewater can be treated a...

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Hillsborough County Commission Approves ELAPP Cone Ranch Purchase listen

02/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted 6-0 today to transfer Cone Ranch from the county water utility to its Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP).

The purchase will take place using $11.8 million in ELAPP bond money, which Utilities and Commerce Administrator Mike Merrill said was less than what he was hoping for.

Water Utility Director Paul Vanderploog said that not transferring the land for the price of a full assessed value that may have total...

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Reclaimed water could be cleaner than many think listen

02/16/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Dirty water may mean disgust, illness and waste for many, but with treatment, it could be made suitable for reuse. Last night the University of South Florida joined city officials with scientists and water management authorities to discuss the future of using reclaimed water in Tampa.

Reclaimed water can be used for many purposes other than just giving people water to drink. It can be used for irrigation, creating wetlands, and can be injected underground to ward off salt water intrusion....

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SWFWMD funds well repairs listen

01/26/10 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Tampa Bay area experienced its longest cold snap on record earlier this month. To protect their crops from the freeze, strawberry growers pumped billions of gallons of water from Florida’s aquifer onto their fruit. The massive water use created a record 60-foot drop in aquifer levels, drying up hundreds of residential wells and creating sinkholes. Today, the Southwest Florida Water Management Board approved spending up to $250,000 of public money to repair the private wells.

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Desalinization plant outage listen

11/10/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Tampa Bay Waters desalinization plant was shut down last weekend after a power outage occurred in Apollo Beach. The abrupt shutdown damaged the troubled water supply plant.

The desalinization plant had another problem last weekend, when several pipelines burst, forcing an extended shutdown for repairs. The damage was caused by a condition known as “water hammer,” which can result if high pressure water in motion is forced to stop suddenly, creating a pipe-breaking pressure sur...

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Drought and water restrictions continue says SWFWMD listen

11/06/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Despite a moderate amount of summer rain, the west Central Florida region is still in a multi-year drought entering the winter dry season. That means water restrictions are still in place throughout the entire Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). According to SWFWMD spokesperson Robyn Felix, the restrictions are most severe in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties.

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