Complaints about brown water and low water pressure in a Hattiesburg neighborhood led officials to find the source underground: a bad hook-up.
Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker said a number of homes in the Gay Avenue area are still hooked up to an old, smaller water line, even though a newer, larger pipe had been installed. He announced plans for a $100,000 project to fix the issue Wednesday morning.
"You find mistakes and you try to fix them," said Barker. "You don't have to dig into why things were done the way they were, but we're glad to be able to identify the problem and try to find a solution for these residents."
Barker said the hook-up did not impact a resident's billing or service. Alan Howe, the city's Sewer and Water Director, said the new line had been installed about five years ago.
"One of our goals is to be rapid response. People call in with a problem, we go take care of the problem," said Howe. "We go investigate it, research it and take care of it. This is another one of the projects we want to do, take care of the discolored water around the city."
The project will begin next week and expected to take four to six weeks. It will cost around $100,000, which will come from regular maintenance funds.
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