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The Santee River Basin and coastal drainages (the “Santee Basin”) is an approximately 24,000-square-mile area in North and South Carolina that encompasses the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain (Fenneman, 1946). Most of the 3.5 million people in the Santee Basin live in urban areas. Eighty-six percent of the water used in homes and for industry is treated surface water withdrawn from rivers or reservoirs. Ground water is the main water source for rural households.
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