New drinking water source for Corinth

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 5/21/2013 12:42 pm
GLEN, Miss. (WTVA) - Water samples are being tested at the new Clifford G. Worsham Surface Water Treatment Facility.

Tuesday was the dedication of the plant located in nearby Glen.
 
Until now the City of Corinth depended on groundwater sources for its drinking water.

Now it comes from the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and is treated at the $50 million complex which employs 50 people.

Kent Geno with Cook Coggin Engineers said, "It's transported through 36 inch water mains to this treatment facility. The water is treated here on site. It's then pumped on an average use basis to the City of Corinth."

Officials say they hope the number of customers served by this facility will only grow in the coming years.

The plant handles about 4.5 million gallons of water a day but has the capacity to produce ten million.

The plan is for more water systems in a three-county area of Alcorn, Prentiss and Tishomingo to join.

Corinth Gas & Water Department's John Rhodes said, "The plant began operation on the first of April. Right now we're serving the City of Corinth. We've been in discussion with other water associations and municipalities in those three counties."

It's a project that's been decades in the making and one that state and local leaders say will have far-reaching effects on both residential and industrial water supply needs.

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said, "This is a project that's been ongoing. It's received federal funds and approval from the state and local governments to ensure this project came to fruition over a twenty year period."

Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin said, "No longer will we have to say we just don't have enough water and therefore we can't talk to this industry about relocation. We're in a great position."

Leaders say infrastructure like this is key to further economic growth.
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