Sewer Study Underway

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring work by Gulf Coast cities to check for leaking sewer lines. Brad Ammons of the EPA office in Atlanta says Gautier, Pascagoula and Ocean Springs are on the agency's list.

For example, Ammons says the Gautier Utility District has been asked to submit a capacity assurance plan by March 2002 to demonstrate sewer lines are being checked to make certain they can handle the flow when a new subdivision is added to the system. Don Watts with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says the state and the EPA want to see sewer system improvements all along the coast.

The EPA had studied the sewer systems of a number of Gulf Coast municipalities a year ago. Watts says the study centered on identifying where sewer pipes are being infiltrated by rainwater, a situation that results in an overflow of manhole covers.