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City's water ranks tops

GULFPORT — SouthWest Water Company announced that four City of Gulfport water systems that are operated and maintained by SouthWest are perfect, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. After a rigorous inspection and evaluation of five systems, four earned a perfect score of 5.0 and one earned the second-highest rating of 4.7.

Each water system in Mississippi is subject to an annual evaluation by the department in three areas — technical, managerial and financial.

“Gulfport is the second largest city in Mississippi, and getting a perfect score on multiple drinking water systems that serve this many residents is a rare and major accomplishment,” said Jeff Blackwell, SouthWest Water’s project manager in Gulfport.

The City of Gulfport began a public-private partnership with SouthWest Water in 1999 to operate and maintain the city’s Public Works Department, which includes five water systems. SouthWest Water operates over 600 public-private partnerships across nine states including the recently awarded three-year operations and maintenance contract for the DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority’s western wastewater treatment facilities in Northwest Mississippi.

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