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Group wants more spending on future water supplies; others call for conservation

The city of Live Oak put up this water tower in 2011 with federal help. The Florida Water Advocates lobbying group is urging the state to spend more on water projects. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A small group of lobbyists with corporate and municipal water utility ties is urging legislators to spend more on water supply projects.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says utilities need 1.6 billion gallons per day of additional water to meet population needs by 2030. Some environmentalists say Florida can meet its future water needs through conservation alone.

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