“The trend of increasing chemicals in the groundwater means there could eventually be a problem,” said Dan Early of OriginClear, a Clearwater company that creates water treatment equipment.

Early is not involved in Broward’s spat with the state, but is an engineer for OriginClear. 

“If ammonia makes its way, by groundwater movement, into those freshwater drinking supplies, that creates a burden on those people who need that water. That problem can migrate miles and miles away,” he said. “You do not want ammonia in your drinking water.

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