GOVERNOR BARBOUR SIGNS BILL CREATING GULF REGIONAL WATER
From: Office of the Governor Filed 4/18/06 GCN
Governor Haley Barbour today signed the Gulf Region Water Utility
Authority Act (Senate Bill 2943), legislation derived from the
Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal's
recommendations on taking a regional approach to managing water and
sewer utility services.
"I want to thank the mayors and supervisors who worked tirelessly with
my office to craft this legislation that will effectively implement the
vision of the Governor's Commission; I want to especially thank the
members of the Legislature who recognized the value of this proposal,"
Governor Barbour said.
The new law creates six individual county authorities for each of the
affected counties: Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone and
George. Establishing these individual authorities will allow local
control over development of water and sewer systems. In addition, a
Regional Utility Board will be created to encourage long-term economic
development and infrastructure planning.
"Through the provisions of this act, local governments will be working
together, irrespective of political boundaries, as they rebuild South
Mississippi," Governor Barbour said. "We'll have better managed and more
efficient water, sewer and storm water systems that are less susceptible
to storm damage. That's good for all South Mississippi residents."