Moss Point water woes continue

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The wait for fresh, clear water in Moss Point may take a little longer than expected.

The city planned to have its reverse osmosis water treatment system fully operational by Monday. However, things still look and smell the same when it comes to the water in the River City.

"It is not quite what people associate with quality drinking water," said Moss Point Mayor Xavier Bishop.

For the past four years, the city's administration has been trying to fix the problem by implementing a reverse osmosis water treatment system. But as the project nears its final stages, there are still problems.

"We're finding out where there are communication breakdowns that would not enable the plant to function at full capacity," Mayor Bishop said.

A delay in equipment is slowing down the process.

"It would have been this week if it had not have been for the problems with chemicals and some of the equipment arriving," said George Byars.

Byars is the project manager for the supplemental environmental project. He says the treatment system is 99 percent complete.

"It has already been filed and all the leaks have been fixed. It's just arrival of the chemicals," Byars said.

So when will the water woes in Moss Point come to an end?

"At this point we don't for-see anything that would inhibit us from having it fully operational by the end of this week or the early part of next week," said Mayor Bishop.

Mayor Bishop says once the new system is up and running,  the city will continue to fine tune the treatment process.

The mayor also says the city is expecting to get an okay on the new reverse osmosis treatment system from the health department within the next 48 hours.