Ocean Springs hoping to help solve water woes in Colonial Estates

Ocean Springs hoping to help solve water woes in Colonial Estates

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Good news for the 60-plus residents of Colonial Estates in Jackson County: Ocean Springs is going to help pipe them better water.

It is a decades-old problem. Colonial Estates is not within the city limits and not serviced by Jackson County. And its water, for the most part, is dirty.

The boil water notices dot the wooded neighborhood made of mostly mobile homes.  Its well and water system are more than 40 years old, and so far, no one has come to help. It's frustrating for Homeowners Association President Jerry Tapp.

"We would like for Ocean Springs or the state or somebody just to take hold of this part of the world," he said.

On Wednesday, the Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen approved the purchase of water and laying of pipe pending easement approval from Jackson County.

"Even though it's not the ideal situation, the fact is they need water and so I want to do everything I can do to make sure that we get them water in the meantime," said Mayor Shea Dobson. "Then we can figure out who's responsible for what and how to fix the water permanently."

"I like that. I appreciate that," Tapp said. "It's a long time coming. It's been a year or better talking about getting water in here."

Many of the residents did not want to comment on the record. They say they don't really have any major problems with the water, but this new plan, they hope, will provide more consistent quality and service.

Regardless, the water doesn't currently pass Department of Health standards.

Tapp said the new water will be welcomed, but it won't solve another potential issue.

"It's going to be good. It's going to be great. Unless our lines go to breaking. Then, we're going to have a problem," he said.

In addition, Tapp wanted to see sewer help as well. Old septic tanks are failing, and regulations require spray systems, like the one he had to put in for his home. He said new systems will help grow the area.

"I'd like to have water and sewer out here. There's a lot of property out here that can be used if we had that," Tapp said. "We'd like to have it. But, right now, whatever they do that's a step forward. That's all I can say. It's a step forward."

The budget includes a $10,000 commitment from the city and $35,000 from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Now that the city has made these decisions, work could start in the next 90 days.

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