Permit seeks 500K gallons a day from aquifer – Daily Commercial: News

Scott Callahan scott.callahan@dailycommercial.com | 0 comments BUSHNELL — An Ocala company wants to sink a well and pump nearly a half-million gallons of water a day near Bushnell and sell it to a Leesburg bottling company. SWR Properties’ water use permit request is currently under review by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD. The company owns about 10 acres southeast of the intersection of County Road 470 and State Road 301, northeast of Bushnell, that contains what has been called Fern Spring and Heart Spring.

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  1. Kathleen Collins

    With as much as our water districts and our state government cares about the state of the Floridan aquifer, we might as well give it all away and then beg for water from our neighboring states. Last year, the SJRWMD approved a permit for Niagara Bottling Company in Groveland to pull 910,000 gallons per day from the lower Floridan aquifer, twice as much as it had before. This permit is for 25 years. The Niagara scientists claimed that by pulling the water from the lower aquifer, it would not affect the lakes, rivers, and springs. However, it is proven that the upper and lower aquifer rise and fall together. In addition, Artesian springs originate in the lower aquifer. So now, a company in Ocala, not too far north of the previous location, wants to pull 500,000 gallons per day, which will be sent to the same bottling company in Leesburg as Niagara and Nestle. Oh, yes, Lake County approved a development last year that would use 21 million gallons a day from the 50 millions gallons a day left for Orange, Lake, Sumter, and Polk Counties. In addition, Horizon West, based on calculations of the number of people expected to live there, will use another 30 million gallons a day, thus finally using up all of our surplus. Nevermind that our springs are at an all time low. So, yes, lets just give away the rest of our water. After all, we don’t need our springs, lakes, rivers, or wetlands. We need development!