Providing safe, clean water is our mission. Projects to upgrade and maintain our water transmission system are underway throughout the City of Hattiesburg. Look here for Information about this on-going work.
1. ComSWIP Water Phase II
This project, estimated to cost $2.5 million, provides for fire protection, as well as the replacement of some Abestos Cement lines, for the Palmers Area and Irene Chapel. Construction is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018.
2. Replacement of Undersized Lines South of Hardy
Undersized water lines in areas south of Hardy Street, east of Highway 49 and west of 19th Avenue will be replaced as part of the ComSWIP Phase VIII sewer project. Upgrading these lines will increase water pressure and help reduce the presence of brown water in this area. The ComSWIP Phase VIII sewer project is estimated to cost $4.3 million and is scheduled for completion in Fall of 2018.
3. Replacement of Undersized Water Lines North of Hardy Street, West of Highway 49, East of 19th Avenue
Replacement of undersized water lines in areas north of Hardy Street, west of Highway 49 and east of 19th Avenue will also be included in the ComSWIP Sewer Project Phase X. The estimated completion date is December 2020, and the total estimated cost of the ComSWIP Sewer Project Phase X is $4 million.
4. Replacement of Undersized Water Lines West of Highway 49
This project provides for the replacement of the undersized water lines in a section of the City west of Highway 49 and east of Interstate Highway 59. The project cost and estimated completion date are unknown at this time.
5. Valve and Hydrant Program
This on-going program provides for turning on valves and flushing hydrants to remove the loose sediment in lines, which will reduce the occurrence of brown water.
The first part of this program provides for the identification and operation of all valves within the City. While this may sound easy, there a several valves known to be under asphalt or concrete that may be difficult to find. Once located, the valves will be operated or “turned on” in order to flush the hydrants. (Some of the valves may not have been turned in over 50 years).
This service will be different from the flushing previously done by the Fire Department as City workers will utilize certain valves at each hydrant to obtain the maximum water velocity. The rapid flow of water should remove loose sediment in the lines and reduce brown water to services in that area. This is an ongoing project, and the exact work locations will vary from day to day.