HED:District backs Fulton bid for water source

CATEGORY: Itawamba County

AUTHOR: STAFF

HED:District backs Fulton bid for water source

A regional water board Thursday agreed to support Fulton’s bid to link the city’s and other Itawamba County water systems to the district’s Peppertown water plant.

The Northeast Mississippi Regional Water Supply District will supply water if potential Itawamba customers can provide a line to the Peppertown plant.

The board also agreed to support applications for any grants the Itawamba County group may make to help pay for the line. However, the water district itself cannot provide any funds for the line.

Fulton’s proposal foresees running a water line under the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Fulton has been joined by the Northeast Itawamba Water Association and the town of Tremont as proposed users of district water.

Officials proposed an 18-inch water main that could supply up to 4 million gallons a day to the proposed users. Use currently runs about 2 million gallons a day, but a 40-year projection anticipates growth would require twice that.

The estimated cost of laying the needed line was put at about $2 million, with $500,000 alone needed to cross under the Tenn-Tom Waterway for 300 feet.