Regional water agency envisions third reservoir for future demand
As the area’s population expands, a regional water authority with a network of pipelines that cross county lines says it must do the same.
“Right now, we’re meeting everybody’s water needs,” Patrick Lehman, executive director of the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority, said. “Everybody’s satisfied.”
For planning purposes, however, the authority continues to think decades again about how to keep its customers’ thirsts quenched.
On May 22, the authority will ask the board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District to again be its partner as it seeks to increase the amount of water it withdraws from the Peace River during the rainy season.
The authority and the district already have partnered in more than $370 million in infrastructure for water storage and treatment capacity as well as a regional transmission system. That association is likely, over the course of several years, to invest in another $200 million expansion.
The authority wants to draw additional water from the Peace River, expand its treatment plant in southwest DeSoto County and create a third, yet-to-be-built reservoir.