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Monday, March 10, 2008

Local sprayfield may help keep drugs from Wakulla Springs

Published March 10, 2008
Tallahassee's spray field is harming the health of Wakulla Springs, but it also prevents pharmaceutical products in wastewater from getting into the region's water supply, scientists say.

The study also found pharmaceuticals only at very low levels in the wastewater, said Brian Katz, research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Tallahassee. The pharmaceuticals were being trapped in soil and taken up by bacteria and plants before they seep into the groundwater.

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