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Friday, February 15, 2008

District inclined to OK tapping St. Johns for water

Published February 14, 2008
The St. Johns River Water Management District announced Wednesday it intends to allow the county to pull up to an average of 5.5 million gallons of water a day from the river at its Yankee Lake treatment plant.

The proposal is expected to meet widespread opposition because it's the first step in a proposal being explored by governments in Seminole and Volusia counties to use the Yankee Lake plant to produce drinking water from the river. The district's governing board is scheduled to consider the proposal at its March 11 meeting in Palatka.

For now, Seminole County wants to use river water to improve the reliability of its reclaimed water system when people are using the most water. But as many as 16 governments, including Lake and Volusia counties, DeLand and Deltona, have signed a letter of intent to work with Seminole on expanding the treatment plant to help provide more fresh water to the growing region. District officials said that could happen by 2013.

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