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Drought Summit held in Tampa listen

05/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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When the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) adopted modified Phase III water restrictions in December, it required Tampa Bay Water to hold a drought summit “to explore additional conservation options.” The Regional Water Shortage Management Workshop was held this morning at the Tampa Convention Center.

Tampa Bay Water is the region’s wholesale distributor to water utilities in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. It brought...

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Tampa's ban on lawn sprinkling starts Friday listen

04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Less than 24 hours before Tampa’s new radical water conservation law is to go into effect, two City Council members changed their minds on the matter, nearly thwarting it from becoming law. But the proposal to reverse their original ruling did not gain a majority, and the ban will begin as scheduled on Friday.

Two weeks ago, Council members, on a 5-1 vote, decided to ban all lawn sprinkling in the city to contend with the current drought conditions plaguing the city. That’s more rest...

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SWFWMD enacts slightly stricter water restrictions but still allows lawn watering listen

03/31/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In Brooksville this morning, the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD, enacted slightly tougher water restrictions. But during this severe drought, these “modified Phase IV” restrictions don’t go as far as the recently agreed upon City of Tampa restrictions because they still allowing drinking water to be used to water lawns.

In February, Tampa Bay Water – the wholesale w...

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Tampa gets tough, bans sprinkler watering listen

03/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Addressing a drought situation that appears to only be getting worse, the Tampa City City Council today voted to ban the use of lawn sprinklers, beginning April 3.

The vote was 5-1, only John Dingfelder opposed the measure.

Brad Baird, Water Department manager for the city, said the drought and the lack of potable water available from the reservoir and desalination plant forced the drastic action.

Currently, Tampa citizens can irrigate once a week -- Tuesday for addresses that end in...

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Global Crisis in potable water

03/08/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

As part of our International Women's Day celebration, Dr. Maya Trotz, a research fellow with the USF and Patel Global Institute, talked about the importance of clean and potable water not only in her native country of Guayana but also here in the Tampa community. She discussed her research and work with various student groups from grade-school students through post-doctoral fellows at USF.

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Environmentalists get Swiftmud to discuss land swap listen

02/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Pressure by a number of environmental groups, members with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or Swiftmud, agreed today to take a controversial land swap off their consent agenda to allow for a public hearing.

Members of the Gulf Coast Conservancy, Sierra Club Florida, Defenders of Wildlife, the Environmental Alliance of North Florida, the Gulf Restoration Network, and the Hernando Audubon Society plan on attending Tuesday’s meeting to speak about the proposed land swap b...

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Florida Friendly landscaping imminent in St. Pete? listen

11/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida is in the midst of a severe drought, which has led to major restrictions on water use. In response, St. Petersburg City Council member Karl Nurse announced this morning that he is requesting that the city examine landscaping on property it owns and, where appropriate, replace St. Augustine grass with landscaping that is Florida Friendly.

“And the logic of that is twofold. One, it will save money because the maintenance is radically reduc...

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Hillsborough suspends backflow enforcement listen

08/20/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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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...

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Tampa Bay Water gives water update listen

08/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning the agency that supplies drinking water to the nearly three million residents of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties met in Clearwater. The Board of Tampa Bay Water considered new sources for the region’s long-term water supply, the status of the current drought and damage to the region’s largest reservoir.

In June 2005, a 15-billion gallon drinking-water reservoir opened in Hillsborough County. But major cracks in the wall were discovered before the end of 2006. T...

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Tampa budget workshop – fewer cuts in 2009 than last year listen

06/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning the Tampa City Council held their second workshop on the city’s fiscal year 2009 budget. They received proposed budgets from several departments, including Police, Fire, Neighborhood Services, and Growth Management. Tampa’s Police Chief Steve Hogue said his department would need 132 million dollars next year and would slightly reduce personnel to 1318 employees. “I have submitted a reduction of about 16 positions this year.”

Hogue said fuel costs are leading Tampa’s ...

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