By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – After years of efforts to bring Corinth a reliable and more plentiful long-term water supply, the city is within weeks of converting to a new fresh water source.
As Corinth Gas & Water prepares to bring the new surface water treatment and distribution system online, the utility will be flushing out the lines that bring fresh water into homes during March and April.
Water customers, therefore, are likely to see some discolored water during this time as a result of this late evening and early morning flushing, said General Manager John Rhodes.
“If so, please run your water for a few minutes to flush the discolored water out of your plumbing system before using, especially if you plan to wash clothes,” Rhodes said.
The state health department is scheduled to conduct its inspection on March 18 as CG&W prepares for this flushing.
Completing the estimated $50 million project allows the Corinth water system to bring its water supply from the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway as a stable, long-term supply source to support ongoing industrial development.
Officials have said there is no immediate water shortage for Corinth, but the Paleozoic aquifer that supplies the city’s water now also is supplying area rural water associations, and the source is being depleted.
“The city of Corinth Public Utilities Commission gained approval from the Tennessee Valley Authority, Corps of Engineers and the state of Mississippi to construct a surface water project and utilize the Tennessee River via the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway as the water supply source,” Rhodes said.
The project will bring 10 million to 16.5 million gallons of water per day to Corinth Gas & Water’s approximately 7,000 customers.