Ocean Springs providing water to Pine Grove community

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It's so long to the old way of getting water in the Pine Grove community. The privately-owned, well-based water system will no longer provide water service.

The Ocean Springs' Public Works Department will oversee water service to the small Jackson County community early next year. The city acquired the water service after hearing from neighbors and evaluating the situation.  Some were also expressing concerns over the quality of the water.

"We have a lot of air in the lines. We have very little pressure sometimes," said Marlyn Krob, Pastor of Glad Tidings Assembly of God.

For Pine Grove resident Mike Messenger there were also some health and safety concerns.

"My main concern is the high chlorine levels of it from time to time.  As far as my children drinking my water, I'd feel much more comfortable with the city taking over the water system," Messenger said.

The community is getting the water service courtesy of more than $300,000 from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.  The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has also pledged $50,000.

Krob said it's a change he thinks will be well-received in his church and throughout the small community.

"I think it will be a very good improvement," Krob said. "The sooner the better. Let's get on with the program and let's get it done."

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