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Ohio State's iconic Mirror Lake is being refilled from an underground well

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Ohio State University emptied Mirror Lake to look for a new source after finding that it took 50,000 gallons of water a day to keep it filled.

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State University is going to refill its iconic Mirror Lake using water from an underground well.

Crews were to start pumping water from the well on Wednesday into the campus lake that has been empty since it was drained in December.

The university emptied the lake to look for a new source after finding that it took 50,000 gallons of water a day to keep it filled.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that studies on water from the recently drilled well show that it is a safe alternative to the water that Ohio State previously bought from the city to fill the lake.

A company hired by the university drilled 140 feet down to tap into water below ground. The lake will fill up over the next week.

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