HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg City Council members held a special meeting on Friday.
Members of the council selected an option for treating the city's waste water.
With a vote of 3 - 1, the council decided on the land application proposal.
Councilmen Carter Carroll, Kim Bradley and Dave Ware voted on the land application.
Councilwoman Deborah Delgado and Councilman Henry Naylor both voted on mechanical treatment.
Although Councilwoman Deborah Delgado voted on the mechanical system, by law her vote is not counted in the official record since she was absent.
The land application facility is estimated to cost $150 million. Along with Petal and Lamar County customers who use the Hattiesburg lagoon, Hattiesburg residents can also expect an increase in their sewer rates.
"It's going to be a very expensive price tag, but the users will pay for the use of the water and the treatment of the water in the waste water system," said Councilman for Ward 1, Kim Bradley. "It's going to go up some, it will."
The city is expected to have all necessary design work for the project completed by October 2014.