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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Thirsty counties seek to tap rivers

Published December 22, 2007
The era of pumping cheap water from the aquifer has come to an end in Central Florida, just as it did in Tampa Bay a decade ago. For utilities and water managers wary of the risk and expense of desalination, river water is the next obvious source.

To quench this thirst, cities and counties plan to spend nearly $1-billion on three projects to pump and treat water from the St. Johns River, which stretches from Indian River County to Jacksonville.

So far, 15 public utilities in Lake, Marion and Putnam counties have asked to tap into the Ocklawaha, a major tributary of the St. Johns.

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