REPORT: Louisiana Sparta usage fell 2005-2010, but not enough

A recently revised report by the U.S. Geological Survey found withdrawals from the Sparta Aquifer in Louisiana fell by almost 4.9 million gallons from 2005 to 2010, according to “Water Use In Louisiana, 2010.”

The report listed itself as revised in October.

However, though aquifer usage has fallen, the 63.1 million gallons per day are still above the 52 million gallon sustainability limit, according to an analysis by the Ruston Daily Leader.

Total water withdrawals from both ground and surface water sources fell by 17 percent from 1005 to 2010, according to the report. The largest users were in the rural domestic category, which used 4.4 million gallons per day in 2010, a decrease of 6.1 percent from 2005.

Union County has been in the spotlight in recent years for its conservation work surrounding the Sparta Aquifer, which kicked off less than a decade ago with the recognition that the groundwater source would soon dry up if pumping continued much longer at such a fervent degree.

With the implementation of a wastewater pipeline running from the Ouachita River to five major industries and a golf course, the Sparta has bounded back in Union County where well levels have been on the rise.

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