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Updated: 04/02/2014 08:00:01AM

Artesian wells part of Punta Gorda history

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Did you know artesian wells were an important part of Punta Gorda’s early history? In fact, one still flows in town today that is accessible to everyone.

Artesian wells are sources of water from an aquifer that is confined under pressure between impermeable layers of rock or clay. If the pressure is high enough, water will flow freely to the surface. Local artesian water typically contains hydrogen sulfide and although safe to drink, emits a rotten egg smell.

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