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Monday, October 15, 2007

Group tries to lure plant for bottled water to Lake

Published October 13, 2007
By 2025, local governments may be forced to pipe in water from rivers and lakes miles away to meet future demands. Meanwhile, the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission has helped Niagara Bottling with plans to set up a large plant near Groveland.

Niagara wants to take an average of 490,000 gallons of underground water every day to package into bottles at its proposed plant at Lake County's industrial park. That amounts to up to 182 million gallons a year, or about a third of the water that Groveland uses.

...the growing thirst for water is a serious concern in Central Florida, where projected demands through 2025 will exceed groundwater availability by up to 200 million gallons a day, according to St. Johns officials. The water-management district is urging local governments to work together to use alternative sources of water such as tapping large rivers like the Ocklawaha, St. Johns and Withlacoochee.
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