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Updated: 05/25/2017 08:30:03AM

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Desoto County was well represented at the Peace River water authority's annual barbecue Friday. From left: Arcadia City Admnistrator Terry Stewart, Arcadia Utility Department Director A.J. Berndt, DeSoto County Administrator Mandy Hines, former DeSoto County Commissioner Jerry Hill, and DeSoto County Commissioner Elton Langford who is also Vice Chair on PRMRWSA's Board of Directors.

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The water level in the Peace River water authority's basin is down by about half, given the recent frought and hot weather. But when the rainy season resumes, PRMRWSA can resume drawing water from the Peace River to make up the difference. Between the basin and underground storage, theauthority has enough water to serve its customers for at least a couple hundred days.

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The Raintree Wldfire that started May 13 and caused I-75 to be shut down for several hours reached as far as the peace River water authority's basin. Even grass on the reservoir's thick berm was charred.

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A week after the Raintree fire started, firefighters were still doing some mop-up. Forest Service vehicles are lined up near the charred berm of the reservoir.

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Patrick Lehman, executive director of PRMRWSA, speaks to the crowd at the annual barbecue sponsored by Friends of Peace Water.

By SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

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Despite the drought this year, the communities served by the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority are in excellent shape.

Their good fortune is rooted in sensible planning going back more than a decade. From modest beginnings in the General Development days, the authority gradually increased its capacity to treat and store water to stay ahead of anticipated growth. The treatment plant, located on the east side of Kings Highway (County Road 769) just south of County Road 761, together with the man-made basin and underground storage across the street, will assure adequate water supplies for communities in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

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