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Sparta usage going up?

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Early estimate says yes, but official says it’s too soon to know for sure

Preliminary U.S. Geological Survey figures for 2015 show the amount of water pumped from the Sparta Aquifer in Louisiana may have slightly exceeded the sustainability range.

But the data is still being vetted and even at close to 57 million gallons per day withdrawal, technically may not be out of range, Ben McGee, groundwater specialist with the USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center in Ruston, said Thursday.

“I tend to look less at the number and more at the trend,” he said.

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