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The West Monroe plant produces cardboard packaging for food and drink and uses 10 million gallons of water a day from the Sparta, as well as 10 million gallons a day from the Ouachita River. Sixteen parishes in north Louisiana depend either entirely or partially on the Sparta aquifer for their drinking water. 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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