HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg residents met with engineers and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality officials in Palmer's Crossing Thursday night, to help city leaders decide on what type of waste water treatment system the city will use in the future. A second of three scheduled public hearings gave residents a chance to look at three options the city is considering to treat waste water.
New federal and state guidelines mean Hattiesburg has to have a new system in place by the summer of 2017.
The options include a mechanical treatment facility, a mechanical polishing facility and a land application facility.
"The mechanical plants and polishing are a lot more widespread," said Bert Kuyrkendall, director of engineering for the City of Hattiesburg. "The land application has been around for a long time, but it hasn't been used as much by cities, but it's starting to catch on more," Kuyrkendall said.
A third public hearing will be held June 19th at 6 p.m. at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church.