Petal considers land application to treat wastewater

Petal considers land application to treat wastewater

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - The city of Petal might not wait on Hattiesburg to choose a wastewater treatment system that has been called "environmentally friendly."

Petal Mayor Hal Marx said they have considered a land application system for the city off and on for about seven months.

"Land application is going to be cheaper," Marx said of the system's comparison to other treatment methods. "It's going to be environmentally friendly, it's going to likely be long term without having more interference from EPA or DEQ because you're not going to have any wastewater going into a stream."

Petal currently sends their wastewater to Hattiesburg's lagoons, but Marx said the city plans to end that regardless of how an ongoing lawsuit between the two towns turns out.

"We are looking at all of our available options, many of which would include going our own way," Marx said.

Marx said the city was working with Earthworx, LLC for its land application system. That is the company formerly named Groundworx, which the city of Hattiesburg used when it was contracted to build a land application system. Hattiesburg has since terminated that contract and is on a dual track to consider both mechanical and land application systems.

Petal will hold public hearings in the future, according to Marx, to get input from residents on the wastewater solution.