Drew plans water tower updates
by Rory Doyle
Mar 06, 2013 | 1817 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Drew is moving closer to meeting compliance with its drinking water system.

According to Sunflower County Engineer Ron Cassada, the Mississippi State Department of Health is cracking down on smaller towns to make sure water systems remain in pristine shape.

Drew's system, which is completely safe for drinking, does require upgrades to its two city water towers.

As per health department stipulations, both tanks need cleaning and painting, inside and out.

Cassada presented updates at Tuesday's monthly board of aldermen meeting as he focused on Drew's application with the State Drinking Water Revolving Fund Loan Program.

"The board agreed to support a resolution authorizing the submission of the loan application," said Cassada. "This will allow the city to receive financial support for the project from revolving loan funds."

Mayor Jeffery Kilpatrick was also designated as the signee for the loan.

The principal forgiveness loan is a 75/25 match, leaving the city with a cost of about $90,000.

Cassada said the loan has a low interest rate of about 1.5 percent.

"This project is important because it will help Drew get back in compliance with the health department," added Cassada. "Updating the tanks has been an issue for about three years."

The Public Water Supply Program of the MSDOH ensures safe drinking water to the 2.8 million citizens of Mississippi who utilize the state's public water supplies by strictly enforcing the requirements of the Federal and State Safe Drinking Water Acts.

The program is implemented through five major programmatic areas:

* microbiological, chemical, and radiological monitoring of drinking water quality;

* negotiation with consulting engineers on the final design of engineering plans and specifications for all new or substantially modified public water supplies;

* annual surveys of each community public water supply to identify and eliminate operational and maintenance problems that may potentially affect drinking water quality;

* enforcement to ensure that all public water supplies follow SDWA standards; and

* licensure of waterworks operators and backflow assembly testers and training of water supply officials, consulting engineers, and MSDH environmental staff in the proper methods of designing, constructing, and operating public water systems.

The Public Water Supply Program also provides all administrative support necessary to manage the State Drinking Water Revolving Fund Loan Program.