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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Possible new bottling plants raise concern

Published July 17, 2007
Currently, Coca-Cola's plant in High Springs is the only active water-bottling operation along the Santa Fe. But if four more planned permits move forward, they could mean a combined billion gallons pulled each year from springs feeding a three-mile stretch of the river.

Bottling supporters say the plants use relatively little groundwater. About 1 percent of the water withdrawals in the Suwannee River district go to bottling, as compared to 32 percent for agriculture, according to district figures.
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