POPLARVILLE — After six and a half years of work, Pearl River County now has two state-of-the-art computerized wastewater treatment facilities up and running.
The Picayune Item reports plants were opened late last week with members of the county Utility Authority board and officials with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in attendance.
Both sewage plants, one each in Picayune and Poplarville, use ultraviolet light as part of the wastewater treatment process.
The facilities have increased the wastewater treatment capacity in both cities.
The $8.9 million facility in Poplarville will allow the city to treat 1.1 million gallons of wastewater per day, a significant improvement from the 500,000 gallons the town’s plant treated before.
In Picayune, the $12 million facility can treat 2.4 million gallons of wastewater per day, and has the added capabilities of accepting waste from septic tanks and from the landfill in Millard.
Picayune’s plant also collects solids from the wastewater it treats and turns it into a fertilizer for local hay farmers.
Hurricane Katrina grant funds paid for the work in both cities.
Poplarville Mayor Billy Spiers said customers would see slightly higher sewer rates to cover the cost of running the new facilities. Spiers said he hopes the rates will remain stable for a long time.