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August 5, 2015

Alachua

Alachua is one of Florida’s natural paradises with its close proximity to the beautiful Springs and rivers that nature lovers can enjoy. Of course the Ichetucknee is the ideal location to spend a lazy afternoon floating down its tree covered crystal clear waters. The O’Leno State Park on the Santa Fe River offers many scenic  and swimming locations for enthusiasts. Ginnie Springs is a great family campground with access to Florida’s beautiful natural spring system.

Florida is blessed with an profusion of water. Much of the water comes from the Okeefenokee Swamp in Georgia and is supplemented at numerous “recharge” sites where rainwater runs into our aquifers across our state.

The water passes through 3 types of Aquifers: the shallow (Surficial), the Intermediate and the Floridian. Note that even the deep Floridian Aquifer in N. Florida is only one hundred to two hundred ft and essentially touches the ground at various locations where it is really at risk of becoming polluted.

Over the last 40 to 50 years our precious water system has been made vulnerable to an onrush of poisons, man-made and natural, and the lamentable effects are turning up even in our aquifers.

Sources of contamination in Alachua’s drinking water:

Chemicals:  Pesticides, Herbicides, Arsenic and other man-made compounds run into rivers,sinkholes and streams and gradually wind up in our Florida aquifers.

Across the country, billions of pounds of sewage sludge and toxins are discarded into our prairies, lakes, rivers, and oceans each year. North Florida is a microcosm of this same theme.

Manufacturing toxins such as sulfur and nitrogen oxides belching from commercial smoke stacks in the South East fall as acid rain in Alachua.

Cadmium from batteries and paint, population growth, suburban and urban  sprawl burden fresh water supply.

Chlorine and other disinfectants used by municipalities to control viruses and bacteria  result in THM’s and disinfection by products dangerous to our health.

As rain falls from the sky, it passes through billows of industrial toxins producing carbonic acid. This enhances the “universal solvent” ability of water to liquefy a little of anything it touches. The moment it hits the ground, especially in metropolitan areas, it flows along the surface areas cleaning parking lots, highways, and the like of oils, grease, animal waste, etc. consequently discovering a location where it starts to sink into the ground’s surface. As water flows through the ground it gathers even more pollutants.

This escalates the  capacity of water to dissolve a bit of whatever it touches. As water flows through the soil it takes up extra pollutants.

As water flows through Porous rocks like shale and limestone– water picks up inorganic minerals that cause water hard and neutralize the water’s acidity. Hard water and its deposits produce problems in your home and on your body.
Iron carrying rocks– water collects iron, which causes rust and reddish colors in apparel and sinks.
Manganese –water collects the tendency to discolor things black and to transmit a acrid taste.

Sand– water maintains its acid state and can dissolve pipe joints and sink fixtures.
Marshy or swampy areas– water becomes more acidic as it blends with gasses such as methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. It may also pick up color from lignins and tannins.

Sink holes/cracks in our Karst topography– Hazardous wastes washed off the the planet’s surface can run directly into our drinking water aquifers.

Let our professionals secure your Alachua residence from these contaminants!

 

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