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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Is desal too costly? Let's see

Published Dec. 11, 2007 (Opinion)
Propnents of desalination as a source of water scored a small but significant victory on Monday when water management officials disclosed they will conduct a full-fledged cost analysis of treating and piping seawater to Marion County and its North Florida neighbors.

Ever since the St. Johns River Water Management District first proposed pumping the Ocklawaha River for up to 100 million gallons of water a day to meet regional groundwater shortfalls, river defenders have insisted such withdrawals would destroy the waterway. The ocean, they argue, is a more environmentally responsible solution that provides an endless supply of water and is not that much more costly, while water managers steadfastly counterargue the expense would be dramatically higher.

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