Posts Tagged ‘water’

Jury rules against city; utility to get $8M

GULFPORT — A Harrison County jury has awarded Dedeaux Utility Co. $8.06 million in its dispute with the city of Gulfport. The fight dates back to when the city seized the utility as part of its 1994 annexation of the Orange Grove area. Jurors set a fair market value of $7.08 million for the water […] [...]

Summer rains mean lower TVA power bills

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority says an unusually wet summer has translated into lower electric bills for customers. John McCormick, Tennessee Valley Authority’s vice president for river operations, said in a statement that the rain kept the utility’s hydroelectric dams, which provide the cheapest source of energy, working overdrive. Scott Brooks, a Nashville-based […] [...]

After years of planning, water plant construction to begin

JACKSON COUNTY — Officials says construction will begin soon on a $9.2-million drinking water plant that is part of a project, almost 20 years in the making, to use water from the Pascagoula River to supply businesses and homes in northeast Jackson County. The Sun Herald reports the county has partnered with the Jackson County […] [...]

Mystery debris forces closing of water near bay bridge

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has blocked off an area of water near the west end of the Biloxi Bay Bridge where it has discovered a number of steel reinforcing rods sticking out of large hunks of concrete. The Sun Herald reports that the state agency has notified the Coast Guard and […] [...]

Court turns down waterway’s request for quick appeal

LAMAR COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a request by the Pat Harrison Waterway District to expedite its appeal to determine whether Lamar County must still pay for operation of nine waterparks regardless of its decision to leave the district. The Hattiesburg American reports both sides still expect the appeal to be heard […] [...]

Scientists warn of possible water shortages; work on solutions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — When water runs clear and fast from a tap, it’s often hard to believe there could be a challenge for individuals, farmers and communities to keep it clean and plentiful. Joe Street, associate director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, warned that water supplies could be depleted, even in the South, […] [...]

City suing Hercules for pollution at shuttered plant site

HATTIESBURG — The City of Hattiesburg is suing Hercules Inc. and parent company Ashland Inc., claiming groundwater contamination from a closed factory may leach into the city’s water supply. The city filed suit Thursday in federal court in Hattiesburg. “The city is exercising its right and taking the opportunity to protect its citizens and protecting […] [...]

MDEQ issues water contact advisory on Coast beach

LONG BEACH — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a water contact advisory for a sampling station in Harrison County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. The stretch of beach is […] [...]

Utility Authority gives nod to nearly $7M budget

HERNANDO — The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority board has approved a $6.68 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Under the blueprint, Olive Branch, Southaven, Horn Lake, Hernando and Walls will be charged $3.19 per 1,000 gallons of treated wastewater, a 34-cent increase from the fiscal 2013 rate of 2.85. The […] [...]

District wants court to decide if county has to pay for waterparks

LAMAR COUNTY — The Pat Harrison Waterway District has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to determine whether Lamar County must still pay for operation of nine waterparks regardless of its decision to leave the district. At issue is about $18.6 million. The waterway district argues Lamar County has a contractual obligation to maintain the nine […] [...]

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