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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tapping St. Johns River, ocean will bring big bills

Published March 29, 2008
The drinking water Central Florida will need in a few years to meet the thirst of newcomers will cost three to seven times as much as current supplies.

That's what Central Florida's utility directors heard Friday when officials unveiled a vision of our water future that begins in little more than five years.

Getting water from the underground aquifer, where most of it comes from now, is relatively affordable. But drinking from the St. Johns River -- a controversial idea because of environmental concerns -- and the ocean left utility chiefs at the meeting shaking their heads at the staggering costs

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