PETITIONED HEALTH CONSULTATION
TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA
On August 11, 1998, a resident of Tarpon Springs, Florida, petitioned the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to perform a health assessment on Holiday Utilities, Tarpon Springs, Florida (1). The utility is a municipal water supply company and is located in Pinellas County, Tarpon Springs, FL. The company has two operation facilities Westwood Subdivision and Anclote Village (2). Both sites are located in neighboring Pasco County. These two facilities serve as well water distribution centers providing water to approximately 630 commercial and residential customers in Tarpon Springs(3). Both distribution sites draw water from the same Floridian aquifer.
Holiday Utilities is not a generator of hazardous wastes. However, according to the petitioner, the Pinellas county property was previously an uncontrolled landfill and sludge and septic tank spread area (1). The petitioner's primary concern involves drainage ponds located about 500 feet from the Holiday Utilities' business office in Pinellas County. The petitioner believes that these ponds are contaminated and may either be used as a source for municipal drinking water or contaminate the Holiday Utilities' water supply. They believe that if contaminated, this water supply may impact the health of the community, most notably the Gulfside Elementary School (4). The purpose of this health consultation is to evaluate whether the Holiday Utilities site represents a potential health hazard to the community.