Lamar Supervisors adopt spray field ordinance

Lamar Supervisors adopt spray field ordinance
Lamar Supervisors adopt spray field ordinance. Photo credit WDAM.

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Lamar County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance regarding land application systems in the county.

The ordinance comes on the heels of multiple requests by residents to stop Hattiesburg's plans of a 3,000-acre spray field.

"The supervisors agreed with that and thought they should adopt an ordinance that limits the size of any land application system in order to address those concerns, the health concerns and the well being of the citizens," said Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits.

Currently the largest system in the county is 51 acres, and the ordinance sets the max size at 55 acres.

That ordinance outlines specifics that not only regulate the size, but how it can operate as well.

"It also addresses permitting as well as management of the site, such as screening, set backs from property lines, those sorts of things," Waits said.

Some specifics of it include:

-Obtaining Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality permits if required

-A 300-foot buffer from any county or state road

-A 500-foot buffer from any property line not associated with the system

-Not located within 5 miles of another

-Regardless of size, the supervisors must approve.

"There's concern in the county from the citizens and rightly so, about land application systems being addressed in the county on a large scale, in the thousands of acres," Waits said. "The proposed system from our neighboring city doesn't necessarily serve any citizens within the county, and then it's on such a large scale, a scale that's not been tested."