County supervisors freeze development over water complaints

Supervisors in a north Mississippi county are freezing new development in a water association that's the subject of complaints about discolored water.

Posted: Jul 22, 2018 2:22 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Supervisors in a north Mississippi county are freezing new development in a water association that's the subject of complaints about discolored water.

The Oxford Eagle reports that Lafayette County placed a moratorium on new construction in areas served by the Punkin Water Association.

Developers who applied earlier can move forward. They plan to build more than 100 houses.

Lafayette County Supervisor Kevin Frye says the freeze is the only way supervisors can pressure the association to make improvements.

Supervisor Jeff Busby says the city of Oxford continues to negotiate to sell water to the association.

Busby says the moratorium will be lifted when the Public Service Commission finds the situation has improved.

Lafayette County supervisors unsuccessfully sought a law from this year's Legislature to allow it to assist local utilities.

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