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Jul 22, 2013 8:20 AM by AP/CS

West Monroe honored for Sparta preservation effort

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - The city of West Monroe has won recognition for its efforts to reduce water usage from the Sparta aquifer, a major source of drinking water for municipalities and water systems west of the Ouachita River.

At the Louisiana Rural Water Association's annual awards luncheon this month the city was presented with the association's award for Outstanding Achievement in Water Conservation, Reclamation and Re-Use.

The News-Star reports that the city was honored for a $20 million project that enables a local business, Graphic Packaging, to use recycled wastewater in its production process to eliminate its draw from the aquifer.

Before the project came online in April 2012, Graphic Packaging was the area's largest consumer of aquifer water.

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