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August 28, 2007

The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board Tuesday approved the renewal and modification of a water use permit (WUP) for the City of Eagle Lake to meet the projected population growth through 2013.

Eagle Lake is located approximately four miles south-southwest of the intersection of State Road 542 and U.S. Highway 17 in Polk County.

The renewed permit increases the permitted quantities. The previous annual average permitted quantity was 380,000 gallons of water per day (gpd.) The new permitted quantity is 786,800 gpd, which is an increase of 406,800 gpd.

The increase in quantity is based on an estimated increase in population through 2013. As part of the permit, the city is required to validate actual population growth by 2011. If the actual population growth differs from the city’s projections, the permit will need to be modified.

The city pipes all of its wastewater to the Bartow wastewater facility for treatment and use for cooling at Progress Energy’s Hines Energy Complex in south Bartow.

The city must submit an annual report on the effectiveness of its water-conserving rate structure.

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