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October 11, 2007




(MOSS POINT, Mississippi) – Governor Haley Barbour was joined by consumers, engineers and local officials here today as ground was broken for the first post-Katrina water system enhancement project in Jackson County.


“This is a milestone,” Governor Barbour said. “This new reverse-osmosis water treatment plant will provide a reliable supply of high quality water for citizens of Moss Point and the surrounding area. The plant will be a tremendous aid to public safety as well as to economic development and growth in this area.”


Moss Point Mayor Xavier Bishop, members of the Jackson County Utility Authority, and officials of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality joined Governor Barbour at the groundbreaking ceremony. Several local residents also watched as the project was officially launched.


Funding for the project comes in part from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) monies allocated by Governor Barbour for water and wastewater enhancements in the Gulf Coast Region for hurricane recovery. Moss Point is receiving $3,948,390 for the Reverse Osmosis Treatment Plant, and this amount is anticipated to be increased to $6,195,252 when construction of the associated Moss Point Water Transmission System is included.


The project is part of the Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan that provided recommendations for the use of $641 million in disaster recovery funds to enhance water and wastewater infrastructure in Pearl River, Stone, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties. Governor Barbour and Mississippi’s Congressional Delegation obtained appropriations of more than $5 billion through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist in hurricane recovery. The Mississippi Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan was prepared by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for improvements intended to support existing and future growth patterns, particularly as realized through new housing construction, and to promote economic development.