City Faces May 31 Deadline for Lagoon Treatment System - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

City Faces May 31 Deadline for Lagoon Treatment System

Posted: Updated:
HATTIESBURG, MS -

City officials have until May 31st to reach a decision on a treatment plan for the city's south lagoon system. The two options are a mechanical treatment plant or a land application site. For months the city has been de-sludging the lagoon system causing a foul odor throughout parts of Hattiesburg.

Sludge removal is recommended every ten years as a routine maintenance process in all lagoon systems. We talked with city engineer Bert Kuyrkendall about future plans for the lagoon and the big stench in the hub city.

 

The city has two options to choose from in order to meet the Mississippi department of environmental quality regulation and decrease the amount of ammonia that's being discharged from the south lagoon in to the leaf and Bouie Rivers - that's either a mechanical treatment plant or land application.  "The mechanical treatment plant costs more to put in initially; we're seeing it could cost less to run over time."

According to city engineer Bert Kuyrkendall, MDEQ is requiring the new treatment system be finished and in commission by July 2017. "We've got to decide at that point, then start the design process."

 

As for the de-sludging, contractors are still working on removing the foul odor. "We're still targeting the end of March to finish that." About five-thousand tons of sludge has been removed from the lagoon system. The foul odor will linger as the weather changes and de-sludging continues.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:29:36 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
  • La. State Fair head arrested on marijuana charge

    La. State Fair head arrested on marijuana charge

    The State Fair of Louisiana's president and general manager is facing a drug charge following an arrest early Saturday morning.
    The State Fair of Louisiana's president and general manager is facing a drug charge following an arrest early Saturday morning.
  • Remains discovered near Little Manatee River

    Remains discovered near Little Manatee River

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:36 AM EDT2014-09-14 11:36:43 GMT
    A tip led Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies to a body near the Little Manatee River. A tip led Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies to a body near the Little Manatee River.
    A body was discovered Saturday afternoon in a wooded area off  U.S. Hwy 41 S. in Southern Hillsborough County. The scene is located near the Little Manatee River Bridge just north of the Manatee County line, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said. Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives, forensic crime scene technicians and personnel from the Hillsborough County Medical's Examiner's Office are on the scene...
    A body was discovered Saturday afternoon in a wooded area off  U.S. Hwy 41 S. in Southern Hillsborough County. The scene is located near the Little Manatee River Bridge just north of the Manatee County line, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said. Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives, forensic crime scene technicians and personnel from the Hillsborough County Medical's Examiner's Office are on the scene...
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.