Central Florida’s aquifer can’t handle 40% rise in water use by 2035

Much of Central Florida’s environment, especially springs and wetlands tied to the Wekiva River, would suffer greatly if the region’s utilities were to begin pumping from the ground all of the water already permitted by state rules.

That’s one of the conclusions of the most-intense effort yet to measure the Floridan Aquifer, the region’s primary source of water, and mesh those findings with new predictions for the area’s residential, agricultural and industrial water needs through 2035.

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