The new Surface Water Treatment Plant will serve residents in the eastern Jackson County communities of Escatawpa, Helena, Big Point, and possibly Wade and Hurley. The $9.2 million construction project will treat an average of 1 million gallons of water from the Pascagoula River per day. As demand increases, the plant can be upgraded in the future to treat an average of 2 million gallons per day.
This joint project is being made possible through an EPA grant that originated in the late 1990s. The grant, which was awarded to the County, will provide 55% of the funds with the required 45% match being paid for by the Jackson County Utility Authority.
The construction of the plant is the second phase of the project. The initial phase was completed in 2006 and included site work for the plant and some transmission infrastructure. Hurricane Katrina related CDBG funds were used to accomplish that work.
The Board of Supervisors awarded the contract for construction of the plant to Mandeville, LA-based Max Foote Construction Co., Inc. Engineer Pete McMaster, with ARCADIS design and engineering firm, has been involved in the project since it began and will continue to serve as the Program Manager. The plant is expected to be complete by Summer 2015.
The Plant will be located just Northeast of the MS 63 and MS 613 intersection. However, due to the lack of safe accessibility to the site, the groundbreaking will be held at the Helena Industrial Park (Mississippi Export Railroad).