WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) — With the help of a state loan, West Point is upgrading the way it treats wastewater.
This is due to the city having to comply with stricter requirements, meaning the water has to be cleaner when it leaves the plant.
"They're looking for an overall cleanliness if you will," said Dwight Prisock, superintendent of the West Point Water & Light Department, "[especially] downstream so that everybody upstream, which includes us and all the surrounding communities, have to do a better job of treating their wastewater before it gets discharged."
Not only will residents of West Point benefit from this change. So will companies like Yokohama Tire and future businesses that decide to set up shop in the area as the change is being made from a lagoon system to a mechanical treatment system.
"This process will also allow us to process the industrial waste from a Yokohama or some other industrial plant that we have in the city much better than the old lagoon system," added Prisock."
Local residents and business owners say they welcome the new addition.
"As a resident here in West Point, I'm glad to see Yokohama is coming in to make a lot of different changes here in West Point and that it will make the city more environmentally friendly," said Robshawndra Daniels, a resident.
"It's good that we're getting this new facility. That will work a lot better, a lot more environmentally friendly I'm sure," added Kevin Koehn, a business owner.
Plans call for the new mechanical treatment system to be up and running by the first of the year.