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Friday, November 02, 2007

Volusia seeks partners in quest for more water

Published November 2, 2007
Even as Georgia, Alabama and other parts of Florida argue over water rights, Volusia County and its neighbors seem to be taking a far more cooperative approach as they edge away from using groundwater.

On Thursday, Volusia County said it would explore partnering with Seminole County for a water treatment facility on the St. Johns River and/or partnering with Flagler County for a desalination project that would turn ocean water into drinking water.

Volusia gets its water from an underground aquifer, but the St. Johns River Water Management District has required the county to find alternative sources because withdrawing water reduces the flow in Blue Spring and disrupts manatee habitat.

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