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Jefferson County study to look at cost of tapping into Arkansas River for indust

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The study will look at what it would cost to tap the river at four points.

In El Dorado, which also draws on the Sparta aquifer, voters approved a 2002 measure that enacted a 1 percent sales tax to fund a system to get water from the Ouachita River to supply three of El Dorado’s major industries — El Dorado Chemical Co., Lion Oil Co., and Great Lakes Chemical Corp.

For that effort, Union County has become a model for how other communities can address changing water resources.

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