Newberry, Florida is blessed with an large quantity of water. Much of the water originates in the Okeefenokee Swamp in Georgia and is boosted at numerous “recharge” sites where rainwater trickles into our aquifers across Florida.
A bit of history about Newberry, from Wikipedia:
Newberry developed as a mining town after phosphate was discovered in the western part of Alachua County in 1889; and, the town was located along the route of the Savannah, Florida, and Western Railway, that in 1893 was extended southward from High Springs. A post office established in March 1894 was named Newton, but changed to Newberry in August of that year. In 1896 there were fourteen mines operating nearby, and the town had hotels, boarding houses and saloons to accommodate the area’s transient and sometimes unruly population. The demand for phosphate ended abruptly in 1914 when war was declared against Germany, the principal customer for Newberry’s phosphate. The community turned to agriculture and was particularly successful at producing watermelons. The Watermelon Festival, first held in 1946, continues to be an annual event. In 1987 Newberry’s Historic District was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The water moves through three types of Aquifers: the shallow (Surficial), the Intermediate and the Floridian. Bear in mind that even the deep Floridian Aquifer in N FL is only 100 to 200 feet and actually comes to the ground at a variety of locations where it is really vulnerable to becoming polluted.
During the last forty to fifty years our invaluable supply of water has been exposed to an onslaught of poisons, man-made and natural, and the ill-fated results are showing up even in our aquifers.
Causes of pollutants in Florida’s drinking water:
Chemicals: Pesticides, Herbicides, Arsenic and other man-made compounds flow into rivers,sinkholes and streams and subsequently end up in our Florida aquifers.
Nationally, billions of pounds of discharge sludge and toxins are discharged into our prairies, lakes, rivers, and oceans annually. North Florida is a microcosm of this particular same theme.
Industrial pollutants such as sulfur and nitrogen oxides discharging from commercial smoke stacks in the South East fall as acid rain in Florida.
Cadmium from batteries and paint, population growth, urban and suburban sprawl burden fresh water supply.
Chlorine and other disinfectants used by municipalities to control bacteria and viruses result in THM’s and disinfection by products hazardous to our well being.
As rain falls from the atmosphere, it passes through clouds of industrial pollutants making carbonic acid. This raises the “universal solvent” capacity of water to dissolve a small amount of whatever it touches. When it hits the ground, most especially in metropolitan areas, it flows along the surface areas washing parking area, roads, etc. of oils, grease, animal waste, etc. ultimately locating a area where it undertakes to seep the earth’s surface. As water passes through the dirt it picks up a lot of other impurities.
This amplifies the capacity of water to dissolve a bit of whatever it touches. As water flows through the soil it takes up added toxins.
As water flows through Porous rocks like shale and limestone– water picks up inorganic minerals that make water hard and countercheck the water’s acidity. Hard water and its residue exhibit problems in your home and on your body.
Iron carrying rocks– water collects iron, which produces rust and reddish discolorations in clothes and drains.
Manganese –water collects the propensity to discolor things black and to impart a tart taste.
Sand– water sustains its acid state and can dissolve plumbing and sink fixtures.
Marshy or swampy areas– water becomes more acidic as it combines with gasses such as methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. It may also acquire color from lignins and tannins .
Sink holes/cracks in our Karst topography– Toxins washed off the earth’s surface can run right into our drinking water aquifers.
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