St. Johns needs to provide better explanation

Found in the Sunday Daily Commercial

under Our Voices

Sunday, December 22, 2013

6:39 AM

Although this letter does have a few holes in it, to this letter I must say.

WELL DUH!!!!!!!!

The letter

please read?

We’d like St. Johns River Water Management District officials to provide a fuller explanation of their decision to recommend approval of a request by Groveland’s Niagara Bottling Company.

District officials are expected to recommend the district’s governing board approve a 20-year permit by the company that would allow Niagara to pump between 484,000 and 910,000 gallons per day.

Company officials say the water would be drawn from the Lower Floridian aquifer, which is separated from the Upper Floridian aquifer.

They assert that drawing from the lower aquifer diminishes the environmental impact.

We’re not taking a stand on district officials’ decision, but against the backdrop of wide-scale water conservation measures we believe the public deserves a broader explanation.

By comparison to some nearby water users, such as municipalities and community developers, Niagara’s water draw is relatively insignificant.

But a closer examination of Niagara’s sheer numbers alone begs the questions:


And why now?

Homeowners are told they can only water on certain days, and public groups are constantly spreading the conservation message.

District officials have said Niagara’s application meets the district’s permitting criteria.

District spokesman Hank Largin acknowledges that the numbers — nearly a million gallons of water per day — can be intimidating.

“I know 910,000 gallons of water per day sounds like a huge amount of water, but it’s not as large of an amount as some businesses that use water to produce a product to sell may be using,”

Largin said.

To Niagara’s credit, the Irvine, Calif., company carefully ensured it complied with every requirement before doing business in Groveland.

Niagara officials also assert that the company’s request is small compared to overall commercial demand.

Niagara is one of seven bottled water operations permitted in the 18-county St. Johns River Water Management District.

This is certainly useful information.

But the public deserves broader and more specific assurances that Niagara’s water use request will not harm the environment.

After all, that’s the message they’re receiving from conservation authorities.

If I may be so bold,

may I add a few things to this great question?

(1)- Who should have the first bids on our water?

Floridians or outsiders?

(2)- We also must remember when talking to or about the St. Johns River Water Management District officials,

each has no brain they are all just stuffed string puppets of this governor.

(3)- What do you think would be the answer if we the people of Florida went to these 7 other states

and demanded the same great deal of water use

and how fast can we run after asking?

This letter writer does have one really big draw back with this statement

” By comparison to some nearby water users, such as municipalities and community developers, Niagara’s water draw is relatively insignificant”.

Apple and oranges once again.

The water drawing greedy companies are from out of state.

The municipalities and community developers are Floridians”!

Niagara bottling asked to justify request to double usage?

The president, members of congress, governors, and mayors are hired into office to serve, we the people.

Then why is it the other forms of government charged to serve, we the people, are hired by others without our permission to lord over us, instead of serving, we the people?

Who are our biggest users of water?

Niagara is one of seven bottled water operations permitted in the 18-county St. Johns River Water Management District.

Those seven bottled water companies are allocated a combined total of 2 million gallons a day from the Floridan aquifer, less than three-tenth’s of 1 percent of the water used in the district on a daily basis, according to district officials

We the people want to know what this company (Niagara) does to justify stealing more of our water?

Besides taking our precious water and selling it in other state and embarrassingly, also selling it back to we the people.

This is water that the company is getting for just about free!

Maybe we the people can band together and do the same requested justification, or maybe it would be better to band together and fire your boss St Johns River Water management Town Fathers?

It is time, as a matter of fact, it is way past the time for the St Johns River Water management Town Fathers and who it is that hire them to,


On December 2013 please do the right thing and stop Niagara from stealing any water at all, fold up and go back and steal water from their own state of California!

Your only job, St Johns River Water management Town Fathers, is to protect our water, nothing else, this is why you are well paid to do this job, what are you thinking?

The people are running out of water more and more each year and yet you bully us into conserving while you allow your pet bottle watering companies to take more and more of our water.


Wonder just what it is that they do for you that we the people must also do?

To drink or not to drink that is the question?

Residents ignored as Niagara Bottling asks for more water

October 6, 2013|Lauren Ritchie, COMMENTARY

Drop by drop, Central Florida is turning into the Wild West of water, and Niagara Bottling is staking its claim with a recent request to nearly double the amount of water it sucks from beneath Lake County.

Lake residents lost a bitter fight in 2011 to the California bottlers allowed to pump up to 177 million gallons of water a year from their Groveland operation, put it in little bottles and make a fortune selling a precious natural resource that the rest of us are forced to conserve

Also while we are at it why did it take 12 days before I could read about this in my newspaper and hear anything about it through our news media?

Niagara bottling ask the St Johns River Water Management to double usage, again.


As one can see from the map it is being sucked dry by 5 states and hundreds of bottle water, soda and beer companies plus golf courses by the thousands, to say nothing about the greedy people.