HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg city officials gave residents another chance Tuesday night to view the three options they are considering for replacing or upgrading the city's waste water treatment system. A public meeting at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church was hosted by city engineers and environmental quality experts.
New federal and state guidelines are forcing the city to put a new waste water treatment system in place by the summer of 2017.
This was the last public meeting on system options. In a few weeks, a new round of meetings will begin on how those options will affect water and sewer rates.
"We're going to look at what the rates are now, where does the current income go with the water and sewer system, what do we pay compared to other cities, what do these different treatment alternatives have (and) what kind of impact would they have on rates," said Bert Kuyrkendall, director of engineering for the City of Hattiesburg.
Options for new systems include a mechanical treatment facility, a mechanical polishing facility or a land application facility.