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Confederated tribes to strike city water deal

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2013

The single standout action item among the usual slew of monthly reports passed quietly through Florence City Council Monday night, almost in conciliatory tones and with no public comment.

With the council’s approval, the city will pursue an agreement to share water resources with the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, an action similar to one that created a communitywide stir a number of years ago before the tribe’s Florence casino was built.

With the recently acquired Ocean Dunes Golf Links, Tribal Council Chairman Bob Garcia approached the city earlier this year to strike a water deal. The casino development has its own water system with adequate capacity for its needs, but now it hopes to purchase an additional 50,000 gallons a day to store backup supplies.

Garcia said that additional water in their reservoir would improve fire protection and give them access to the city’s treated water.

“We have very good water, except it has a lot of iron, and we don’t have quite the same equipment the city has,” Garcia said.

“Florence has the best ways of treating water. That seems to be a win-win, instead of (the tribes) spending a lot of money on building a plant,” he added later in an interview.

For the complete article see the 07-17-2013 issue.

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