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Nov 12, 2012 6:59 AM by AP/CS

Sparta Aquifer water use down but not far enough

RUSTON, La. (AP) - A recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey says water use from the Sparta Aquifer fell nearly 4.9 million gallons a day from 2005 to 2010.

But the report says the total water usage of 63.1 million gallons a day was still 11 million gallons above the sustainable level. It says the aquifer would break even at about 52 million gallons of use a day.

USGS supervisory hydrologist Ben McGee tells The Daily Leader that the numbers are considered fairly accurate, but it is impossible to get a complete picture of water usage.

He says the closed International Paper plant had used about 4 million gallons a day.

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