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County planners keep pause on development over water issues

A north Mississippi county is keeping a moratorium on development in areas served by a water association plagued by complaints about discolored water.

The Oxford Eagle reports the Lafayette County Planning Commission has voted to maintain the ban on new water connections in the part of the county served by the Punkin Water Association.

Jason Frye is president of the water association’s directors. He says 150 new connections are being blocked. He had asked the county to allow new connections.

Planners say the association still doesn’t have an agreement to connect to the city of Oxford’s water supply. The Mississippi Public Service Commission is pushing the association to connect to Oxford or build a second well by year’s end.

Developers with plans approved before the moratorium can proceed.

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