City, York hammer out 30-year contract for wastewater treatment

HATTIESBURG — Over the years, developer Bennett York had turned to land-application disposal methods to disperse treated wastewater from his developments at Canebrake, Bellegrass and Big Bay.

The Hattiesburg American reports York and Hattiesburg cemented a partnership that will develop one of the largest land-application treatment systems in Mississippi.

City council voted 4-1 to approve a 30-year contract with York-created Groundworx, LLC, to dispose of the city’s treated wastewater.

The partnership not only is expected to remove the frequent stench that has lingered over the city from its sewage lagoons, but also avoid the release of treated wastewater into the Leaf River.

But the system won’t be cheap and residents can expect to see higher sewage charges on their water bills in the future.

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