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Gainesville seeks renewal of 30 million gallon water withdrawal permit

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Updated: 10/26/2013 11:57 am
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Alachua County's main utility provider is seeking the renewal of a permit to keep withdrawing 30 million gallons of water per day out of the North Florida aquifer. 

Gainesville Regional Utilities says the quantity should be enough to keep up with demand for the next 20 years.

According to the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Gainesville's population is expected to rise from 190,000 to around 235,000 during the nex two decades.

GRU says it plans on keeping water withdraw amounts at the same level they are today by continuing to implement conservation measures.

In its application, GRU says it seeks to achieve this through conservation measures and a continued reduction in daily per-capita water usage.
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