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Jackson County Utility Authority and USACE sign Project Partnership Agreement

Published June 18, 2018

Mobile, Alabama – The Jackson County Utility Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently signed a $3 million PPA in design assistance for a new Water Reclamtion Facility in east Jackson County, Mississippi.

     Under the agreement the preliminary design for a Water Reclamation System to collect, treat and reuse wastewater presently discharges from JCUA’s Escatawpa Plant into the Escatawpa River from the Pascagoula-Moss Point Plant into the Pascagoula River.

     The reclaimed effulent will supplement industrial water requirements for the Jackson County industrial complex, will reduce the amount of water presently being drawn from the Pascagoula River to supply the industrial complex, will provide a reliable source of industrial water, will reduce the amount of treated effulent discharged into the Pascagoula River and will eliminate any effulent discharge into the Escatawpa River.

    The project will be a 75%/25% funding match project with the $1 million contribution from the Jackson County Utility Authority contributed from its 2016 capital improvement bond, only the second bond issue for the JCUA or its predecessor, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Wastewater Authority since it was established in 1981. For this reason USACE has closed the Bolding Mill Park beach until further testing can be conducted. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has been notified of current testing results per standard procedure.

    While the project is a long term one which will require additional funding, property acquisition and construction time, the JCUA is proud the project is moving forward to continue to provide outstanding wastewater treatment services not only to the citizens of Pacagoula and Moss Point, but to all the citizens of Jackson County.    

    For more information on the PPA contact the USACE Mobile District Public Affairs Office at (251) 690-3241.

Chuck Walker

Release no. 18-042