Wastewater work forges ahead

In this photo, Mark Waldrip, left, project manager with contractor Severn Trent, goes over DCRUA facility operations following consulting engineer Thomas Flanagan's request for a 35-day extension for Phase I construction at the Short Fork wastewater treatment plant.

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DeSoto County's $150 million wastewater treatment system is often seen as the catalyst behind the explosive growth in Mississippi's fastest-growing county.

DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority Board President B.J. Page said the county's two main wastewater treatment plants — the Short Fork Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant east of Hernando and Johnson Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant near Walls — continue to add improvements and upgrade infrastructure to serve the growing needs of the greater DeSoto County population.

Page said in a month and a half, the Short Fork Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant will be expanding its effluent or discharge operations from 4-million gallons to 8-million gallons per day.

That project carried a price tag of $15 million.

"We have completed our project to change the effluent point from Short Fork Creek to the Coldwater River," Page added, referring to the $3 million project required by the Department of Environmental Quality.

The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority also continues its outreach to promote environmentally safe practices.

Severn Trent Services, the wastewater contractor and DCRUA will be participating in Conservation Field Day, which is slated for Oct. 25-26 at the Dub Patton Recreation Area at Arkabutla Lake and Dam.

The event is held in conjunction with the DeSoto County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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