Water From Polk Going To DeSoto Mine

When we think of water flowing out of Polk County, we usually think of the seven rivers whose headwaters or upper reaches lie here or the aquifer beneath.

There’s the Alafia, Hillsborough, Kissimmee, Little Manatee, Ocklawaha, Peace and Withlacoochee.

The Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern contains the high point of the Floridan Aquifer, which supplies water for Polk and surrounding counties.

If you’ve following the debate over phosphate mining in DeSoto County, people in Polk County way wonder what that has to do with them.

As it turns out, the water to run that mine—an average of 10.7 million gallons a day—will be coming from the well Mosaic’s Fort Green mine in southwestern Polk County.

To put that figure in perspective, Polk County Utilities produces and distributes 15.7 mgd to serve customers in unincorporated areas of the county.


Posted in Group Conservation Issues.