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Governor Announces $9.4 Million in Grants for

Harrison County Water Utility Projects

Constructed projects will total $229 million

From: Office of the Governor    Filed 8/17/07   GCN

Governor Haley Barbour has announced that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has approved a grant to the Harrison County Utility Authority for planning and engineering costs for 23 infrastructure projects in Harrison County.  The grant of $9.46 million for the projects is anticipated to be increased after the planning and engineering phase to a total of $229,082,005.  The funds provided for these projects are part of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding allocated by Governor Barbour for water and wastewater enhancements in the Gulf Coast Region for hurricane recovery.

“Improving and expanding our regional water and sewer system infrastructure is an important component toward recovery and rebuilding on the Gulf Coast.  These funds are vital to support both existing and future growth patterns especially for new housing construction.  New and improved infrastructure is a positive step for future storm preparedness and will also promote economic development,” Governor Barbour said.

“We appreciate the efforts of the Harrison County Utility Authority and other local officials who have worked with us on the planning for these needed projects.  We anticipate moving through the planning stage and entering the construction phase as quickly as possible,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director. 

The projects included in the grant are:

• The Central Harrison County Regional Water Supply;

• Pass Christian Water System Improvements;

• The Western Harrison County Regional Water Supply;

• Long Beach Water System Improvements;

• The North Gulfport-Lyman Regional Water Supply;

• Gulfport-VA Area Water Supply Improvements;

• The South Gulfport Regional Water Supply Project;

• The Eastern Harrison County Regional Water Supply;

• Biloxi Broadwater Water System Improvements;

• A Demonstration Project on the Beach to Improve Water Quality;

• The Saucier WWTF and Riverbend-Robinwood Forest Transmission System;

• The East Central Harrison County Regional Wastewater Transmission Facility;

• The DeLisle Wastewater Transmission Facility and Long Beach-Pass Christian  

   Transmission System;

• Pass Christian Wastewater System Improvements;

• The West Gulfport Regional Interceptor;

• The West Gulfport Regional Transmission System;

• Long Beach Wastewater System Improvements;

• Gulfport-VA Area Wastewater System Improvements;

• The South Gulfport Regional Transmission System;

• The South Woolmarket Wastewater Transmission Facility and Transmission Mains;

• The D’Iberville Wastewater Transmission Facility and Transmission System;

• Biloxi Broadwater Wastewater Transmission System Improvements; and

• D’Iberville Waterfront Wastewater System Improvements.

These projects are 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.

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