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Florida's drought; unreasonable private sewer rates

04/30/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s show with an interview with Robyn Felix with the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Yep, it’s dry and looks like it’ll be that way for another month. On water conservation the first thing Robyn mentioned was checking for leaks and there’s more in www.watermatters.org about finding them. Joining the show next was a resident of Polk County whose sewer rates recently tripled. Kelduyn Garland claims that Aqua Star, her sewer provider that’s owned by an ...

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Water restrictions will continue in greater Tampa Bay region listen

07/26/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite rain this month, there’s still serious doubt about the Tampa Bay region’s ability to manage the recent drought. Today, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD decided to continue water restrictions in order to maintain the regional water supply.

Robyn Felix is a spokesperson with SWFWMD. She says the water restrictions will continue across all 16 counties because the lack of water during the previous year continues to impact water resources.

For the last ...

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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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Are the sinkholes that are closing highways due to agricultural water use? listen

01/13/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Polk and eastern Hillsborough counties, many wells are drying up and several sinkholes have developed. Some of these sinkholes have closed major highways.

Sinkholes can form when groundwater levels drop dramatically, leading to the collapse of underground limestone caverns. According to Southwest Florida Water Management District spokesperson Robyn Felix, rates of groundwater pumping have been high during the last two weeks of freezing and near-freezin...

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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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Tampa Bay Water faces potential fine listen

08/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last spring Tampa Bay Water exceeded its permit for pumping water out of the ground. The regional water wholesaler now faces the threat of a one million dollar fine from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFMD). But SWFWMD has not yet decided whether to issue sanctions.

In the spring, Tampa Bay Water needed to pump more groundwater because of the intense drought and lower-than-expected production from alterna...

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Tampa lifts ban on lawn watering listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Following Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio’s recommendation, the Tampa City Council today voted 5-2 to rescind the nearly two-month-long ban on lawn watering.

Beginning Monday, those with sprinkling systems will be able to water their lawns once a week from midnight to 4 a.m. Those who do not have a sprinkling system can water from 6 to 8 a.m. or 6 to 10 p.m.

Councilmembers Charlie Miranda and Mary Mulhern voted no. Miranda said the Council was setting a bad precedent by reversing themselves....

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Tampa won't lift ban on lawn sprinkling listen

05/21/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite the recent rains and increased pressure from landscapers negatively affected by water restrictions, the Tampa City Council today voted to continue the ban on lawn sprinkling in the city.

Six weeks ago, the Council voted for the measures, the toughest water restrictions in the state. Then wo weeks ago, City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern proposed a motion to revisit the issue. But before the debate even began, Mulhern pre-emptively said she would continue to support the ban.

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Tampa City Council almost overturns lawn sprinkling ban listen

05/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite a lack of rain and continuing drought-like conditions in Tampa, the City Council today nearly overturned its prohibition on lawn irrigation. That bid failed, but the Council did vote to have the city’s Water Department study the issue and come back in two weeks, where they will vote again on possibly changing the ban.

New rules implemented a month ago ban lawn sprinkling in the city, the toughest restrictions in the bay area, if not the entire state.

But today, City Counci...

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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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