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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Officials emphasize need to conserve water

Published: Dec 20, 2006
Hernando County residents are using several more million gallons each month than what is allowed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District

A layer of salty groundwater underlies the fresh groundwater in the Floridan Aquifer. When the fresh groundwater is pumped out at too high a rate, the salty groundwater could get drawn up and, mix with fresh water, rendering it undrinkable.

Spring flows are affected as well. So far, the springs that are the source of the Weekiwachee River are in the normal range, Molligan said.

A stressed aquifer also increases the frequency of sinkhole development. When heavy withdrawals from groundwater remove water from underground caverns, sinkholes are more likely to form.

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