Feelings About Water System Split Community

A new water system in Latimer will cost the area $4.5 million. The West Jackson County Utility district is taking out a federal loan to cover the cost.

The community just found out that they will have to pay back this new federal loan if they live within the West Jackson County Utility District.

People who have wells that don't work well, or wells that are older said they're looking forward to the city water service.

"When Hurricane George hit, we were out of water about three weeks," Maxine Parker, a Latimer resident said. "That's a long time to be without water. You can't cook. You can't wash. You can't do much without water."

But others, who have newer wells, and those who don't want to pay the extra money each month, say this new water system is unfair.

"My well is perfectly fine," Bobby Ray, a Latimer resident said. "I already paid money to have my well installed. Anytime I've got to spend money where it's not necessary, it bothers me."

With the new system, residents will be using city water instead of relying on a well. The groundbreaking for the new water system happen within the next year-and-a-half.

By: Claire Nelson