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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Use less water or suffer, regional review warns

Published Feb. 10, 2009 - The Florida Times-Union.
Aquifer levels will drop seriously in Northeast Florida within 20 years if a growing population doesn’t waste less water, new estimates by water managers warn.

Located under heavy rock, the aquifer is under enough pressure that a well bored through the rock in much of Northeast Florida will fill with water 25 to 35 feet above the aquifer’s normal level.

But the management district projects that could change as wells siphon away more and more water. By 2030, levels in parts of Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties could fall more than 10 feet below 1995 levels, according to those projections.

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