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Water reuse project to reduce usage from major aquifer

April 17, 2012
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WEST MONROE, La. — A pilot project aimed at reducing water usage from a major drinking water source in Louisiana is expected to become fully operational within the next several weeks, The News Star reported.

The Sparta Reuse Project is a comprehensive plan to reduce water usage from the Sparta aquifer, a major source of drinking water for municipalities and water systems west of the Ouachita River.

Officials are still conducting experiments on treated wastewater at its treatment plant before the city ultimately begins sending 10 million gallons to packaging provider Graphic Packaging.

Currently, Graphic Packaging uses water drawn from the Sparta aquifer for its production processes and is the area''s largest consumer of aquifer water.

When operational, the facility will immediately be able to provide Graphic Packaging with 7 million gallons of treated wastewater each day. As a result, Graphic Packaging will decrease its draw of water from the Sparta by the same amount.

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