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Monday, August 04, 2008

Some wonder if there's a need for proposed watering rules

Published 8/2/08 - My Mandarin Sun
Longtime Mandarin homeowner John Carter says a proposal to tighten area watering rules is hypocritical.

Residents shouldn't be told they have to water their lawns less often, especially when the St. Johns River Water Management District is considering allowing a water bottling company to withdraw thousands of gallons of groundwater per day, he said.

The bottler Carter spoke of is Niagara Bottling LLC, which wants to pull an average of 484,000 gallons of groundwater per day for bottling purposes. While Niagara asked for a 20-year permit, district staff has recommended a five-year permit.
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