HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Concerned Hattiesburg-area residents met with the Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality Tuesday night to voice their concerns about a new plan by the city to treat its waste water. A public hearing hosted by the MDEQ at the Hattiesburg Train Depot is part of the permit process to grant a company called Groundworx LLC permission to use a land application process to treat the Hub City's waste water.
A few weeks ago, the Hattiesburg City Council approved a contract with that company.
Some of the residents at Tuesday's meeting said they weren't happy about that, while others think the plan might be the best way to go.
"I think we better know what we're doing before we just give it to this company that's going to sell their private bonds that the city is going to pay off through tax money," said Joe Moia, one concerned resident.
"We need to start right now nipping it in the bud, that we don't have 40 years from now, that everybody is sick and can't drink the water," said Frankie Benton, Sr., another resident.
"This is a good project. It needs to be done right, but it doesn't need to be shot at constantly," said John Green, another resident. "It needs to be positively shot forward," he said.
In a written notice for the hearing, the MDEQ said that public input was an important element in the final decision of the permit board.