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Hattiesburg Council weighing options for sewage treatment

Hattiesburg City Council members will vote on a new waste water treatment system for the Hub City in late May. Hattiesburg City Council members will vote on a new waste water treatment system for the Hub City in late May.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg City Council members are going the extra mile to make sure they make the right decision on a new waste water treatment system for the Hub City. In fact, three of them just flew hundreds of miles to research sewage systems in Georgia and Florida.

Kim Bradley, Deborah Delgado and Carter Carroll are just back from a one-day, fact-finding flight to Covington, Georgia and Tallahassee, Florida to check out two land application systems for treating waste water. Land application is one of the options being considered for replacing Hattiesburg's aging sewage system.

The other is the construction of a mechanical treatment facility. The EPA says the city must have a new system in place by 2017.

Bradley says he hasn't come to a decision yet, but says he likes land application, because it involves turning sewage into fertilized irrigation for wooded areas, as opposed to discharging treated water into the Leaf River.

"If we're able to stay out of the river and not deal with the EPA as far as discharge permits, that's been something that's important to me," said Bradley. 

Delgado, on the other hand, is more firm in her support of mechanical treatment, primarily because it would do away with the need for any type of lagoon. Also, it could be upgraded as needed.

"We don't have to build it all the way out from the beginning," said Delgado. "We can build it to the extent that we need to control the nutrient limits that are placed upon us. And as the need arises, we can add to it," she said. 

Both options are expensive, but would cost about the same.

The City Council will make its decision on the issue by the end of May.  

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