Water, water everywhere — except in one county

October 15, 2013

Business

Free-Water-Wallpaper-HDOne resource Mississippi seems to have in abundance is water, but for residents of a Northeast Mississippi county it is a precious commodity and must be rationed.

Alcorn County currently has no public water system, making every-day life a struggle.

Jay Coke, who lives just near the community of Glen tells the Daily Corinthian that his family faces decisions on a daily basis of how their limited water supply will be used.

“I have to mentally think, we’re all fixing to take a bath; we can’t run the dishwasher,” he said.

Washing the car is not even an option.

“That’s just sad that here we are in 2013, and you’ve got people who can’t get water,” said county Supervisor Dal Nelms.

Five homes served by wells are interested in getting service from the certificated provider for the area, which is the Alcorn County Water Association.

“This would not only pick up the residents that are requesting it, but would be for future growth and for extension of services, which is just good for the county and good for the community,” said Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley.

The water association previously agreed to pay a portion of the project, but the challenge is finding a source for the remaining chunk. Attempts to get grant funding have been unsuccessful.

With an estimated cost of around $60,000, the project would include 10,000 lineal feet of four-inch water line.

Funding options include pursuing a Community Development Block Grant again, but the opportunity to apply does not come around again until next year. A low-interest loan to the water association is also possible.

The residents are also willing to put up some money.

Presley said a meeting will be arranged with the Alcorn County Water Association to discuss the options.

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