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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Low levels in the Peace River due to
drought conditions are threatening drinking water supplies for tens
of thousands of people in southwest Florida.
Officials said it's likely water levels will drop too low to be
tapped in a week or two, forcing suppliers to use groundwater sources
that also are strained.
The Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority, which
supplies more than 250,000 customers in Charlotte, Sarasota and
DeSoto counties, plans to drill an emergency well capable of
producing 3 million to 4 million gallons daily.
Sarasota County, meanwhile, is going to wells at its Carlton
Reserve and getting more water from neighboring Manatee County.
Water produced from those sources, though, may be substandard due
to salts in the groundwater, said Mike Coates, the authority's water
The utility is not equipped to remove salts, which give water a
metallic taste and can cause diarrhea.
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