Found in the Sunday Daily Commercial
under Our Voices
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Although this letter does have a few holes in it, to this letter I must say.
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,”
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”!