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Due to overuse, the Sparta Aquifer is declining at the rate of about 2 feet per year. As the level of fresh water drops, salt water moves in to replace it. In the eastern areas of the Sparta Aquifer — near Monroe — the sodium content of the Sparta’s water is moving toward alarming levels.

Additionally, as the water level of the Sparta Aquifer declines, the infrastructure that supports it — the Sparta Sands — compact. Once an area compacts, its capacity to hold water is decreased — forever.

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