Corporate and environmental interests are taking a close look at a plan by a newly created regional water utility to pump 8 million gallons of water a day out of Brandon-area wellfields.
Besides the required notices being sent to 2,000 residents, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has received requests for information from Cargill Fertilizer Inc. and Polk and Hillsborough government officials about the permit Tampa Bay Water filed June 18.
Tampa Bay Water is the successor to the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority, a regulatory agency that includes member governments of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and member cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg. New Port Richey received water from the authority as a nonvoting member.
The water authority met with Cargill …