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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Water, water everywhere, but none to use — how will Central Florida deal with water crisis?

Published 4-02-2008
Central Florida, with its myriad lakes and rivers, atop the Floridan aquifer, might seem to have water to spare.

But water-management experts say it is a mirage. Resources are overused and drying up. Local governments are scrambling to find enough water for residents and businesses over the next 20 years.

Whatever happens, Central Florida residents can count on one thing: The cost of water will rise dramatically, as we turn from groundwater drawn from the aquifer, and toward plants that draw and treat water from rivers or the ocean.

The Water Management District says we will need 200 million gallons of water a day from alternative sources by 2025. Some areas will need it by 2013, a mere five years from today.

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