Facility Seeks to Remove Polluting Phosphorous from Watershed

Water moving from Lake Apopka through the Apopka-Beauclair canal is the largest source of polluting phosphorous in the Lower Oklawaha watershed. The Lake County Water Authority and St. Johns River Water Management District are constructing the Apopka-Beauclair Nutrient Reduction Facility to intercept water and treat it with Aluminun Sulfate or "alum", which binds with phosphorous and causes it to settle to the bottom of ponds where it can be physically removed. The facility will remove up to five tons of phosphorous annually and will be the largest alum treatment program in the world.

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