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Easing Sparta’s strain

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Sixteen parishes in north Louisiana depend either entirely or partially on the Sparta aquifer for their drinking water. Areas of extremely high aquifer use include West Monroe, Jonesboro-Hodge and Ruston-Grambling.

Water levels in the Sparta have been dropping for years because the amount of water being taken from the aquifer exceeds its sustainable level by about 18 million gallons per day.

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