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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona state officials are floating the
idea of pumping water from abandoned mines in Tombstone and using it
to help the San Pedro River.
Water connected to hard rock mines is usually acidic and polluted
with heavy metals. And for years the Tombstone mines were a dumping
ground for sewage.
But an initial state study has found the mine water's quality is
surprisingly good, though some form of treatment would be needed
since tests found some violations of federal drinking water
Officials with the Arizona Department of Water Resources say the
idea is still in its infancy and they say they don't necessarily
``It does warrant further study,'' said Tom Whitmer, manager of
statewide water planning for the agency. But, he said, ``any pipeline
or water coming from those mines -- if it occurs at all -- won't
occur in the next 10 years.''
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