New plant removes water issue for 98 area of Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - "This process is to remove the iron from the water," said Director of Engineering for the city of Hattiesburg, Bert Kuyrkendall.

The process starts at the new Wesley Water Treatment plant in Hattiesburg, according to Kuyrkendall.

"We are adding chemicals," said Kuyrkendall. "We are doing aeration that actually coagulates the iron, and then the filter system filters it out, so when it comes out the system the water coming out is free of iron."

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said the iron has been the cause of water issues for residents and businesses.

"Over a year ago we had some of the restaurant association come and talk about discoloration in their linen, and some hotels and motels talk about some discoloration in their cloth materials and those kinds of things," said Mayor DuPree.

Those kinds of things were affecting local hotel's bottom line, so the plant holds financial benefits.

"Its going to help us control our cost, because the rust was actually ruining our linens, and so our cost of linens was increasing every month and ownership is definitely going to feel the advantage of having this filtration system," said Chris Rowell of Courtyard by Marriott.

Kuyrkendall says other positives come with the city's new investment.

The plant has been in operation for a month, with no complaints, said Kuyrkendall, and "it's better for fire flow." He added, it will help the County Club area, the garden, and USM's Accelerator.

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