Massive Sinkhole Letting Contaminated Water Into Central Florida Aquifer - NBC 6 South Florida

Massive Sinkhole Letting Contaminated Water Into Central Florida Aquifer

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    A massive sinkhole at a Central Florida plant is causing concern as over 200 million gallons of contaminated water are now going into an aquifer.

    Officials discovered the 45 foot wide hole after draining a lake in late August at the New Wales Mosaic facility in Mulberry, located about 10 mile south of Lakeland.

    The hole seems to have no bottom and officials from the plant say that 215 million gallons of water used to process fertilizer has drained into it. The plant has a recovery well that can capture the water and return it to the plant, but the process can take months.

    The plant says they have been in contact with state officials and are monitoring the groundwater for contamination. So far, none has been found and they say surrounding areas aren’t at risk, but have around the clock surveillance until the process is done.

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