Nov 12, 2012 6:59 AM by AP/CS
RUSTON, La. (AP) - A recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey says water use from the Sparta Aquifer fell nearly 4.9 million gallons a day from 2005 to 2010.
But the report says the total water usage of 63.1 million gallons a day was still 11 million gallons above the sustainable level. It says the aquifer would break even at about 52 million gallons of use a day.
USGS supervisory hydrologist Ben McGee tells The Daily Leader that the numbers are considered fairly accurate, but it is impossible to get a complete picture of water usage.
He says the closed International Paper plant had used about 4 million gallons a day.