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Monday, October 16, 2006

The final word on our water

Published Oct. 13, 2006
In what is being reported as an unprecedented step and a monumental level of cooperation, three of the state's five water management districts have tentatively agreed to adopt new regional regulations that will force Central Florida water providers to develop alternative sources in less than a decade or forget about increasing their future withdrawls from the Floridan aquifer, the underground source of almost the entire state's fresh water supply.

On Tuesday, the St. Johns River Water Management District became the first of the trio - along with the Southwest Florida and South Florida districts - to approve the plan, which pertains to all of Polk, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties plus the southern portion of Lake County and the city of Cocoa in Brevard County. In essence, all of Orlando and its sprawling suburbs, where the three districts come together.
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