In 1996, city officials in West Monroe noticed an alarming trend: water was being overdrawn from the Sparta Aquifer by eighteen million gallons per day (18MGD) beyond the recharge rate and if this trend was not reversed, Ouachita Parish and sixteen (16) other parishes in Northeast Louisiana would lose their source of fresh water for potable water consumption, agriculture and industry. The Sparta Aquifer is the primary fresh water supply for nearly eight hundred thousand (800,000) people and the industries…