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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Don't drink the water

Published: Dec 9, 2007
At a school science fair Wednesday, Thomas' 10th grade students premiered findings revealing contamination and pollution in the Weeki Wachee watershed, uncovered during two months of research and water-composition testing.

Collecting water samples from three spots on the river — Rogers Park, Jenkins Creek Park and Springs Coast Environmental Education Center — the students tested the water for levels of various elements, including carbon dioxide, phosphate, magnesium, dissolved oxygen, hardness, nitrates, calcium and pH.

A watershed is an area of land that water flows across as it moves toward a common low point or body of water, such as a stream, river or lake.

Much of the 2.4 trillion gallons of freshwater Floridians use each year is drawn from the Floridian Aquifer, a porous limestone formation that traps groundwater.

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