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The Pearl River County Utility Authority recently received notice from the Mississippi State Department of Health that the drinking water supply systems in Picayune and Poplarville were inspected and given an overall capacity rating of 5, the highest rating that can be given.  The water supply system in Hillsdale received an overall rating of 4.7 out of a possible 5 due to the system not having a usable backup water source.

Capacity Rating is determined by combining scores on three categories, on a scale of 1-5, and dividing by three to derive an average score.  Each water supply location is assessed on Technical, Managerial, and Financial capacity.  On the technical side, MSDH reviews all chemical feed and system equipment logs, along with water treatment operator ability, including water treatment quality assurance testing.  In addition, water wells are tested for pumping performance, pressure requirements, backup power supplies, and emergency action plans.  On the managerial capacity side, records pertaining to the Safe Drinking Water Act, board member training, long range improvement plans, and the bacti site plan and lead/copper rule are reviewed.  Finally on the financial capacity rating, the Utility Authority rate structures and rate review policy is looked at to insure a sound revenue source.  Also, disconnection policies, annual budgets, financial record keeping, and audit reports are thoroughly reviewed.

 Utility Authority Executive Director, Jeff McClain, informed the PRCUA Board of Directors of the ratings at a recent board meeting in Picayune, “These ratings are the direct result of the Utility Authority employees that oversee the daily functions of our water supply.  All those employees are to be commended for a job well done,” said McClain, referring to employees, Charlie Rouse, Foreman;  Lance Stewart, Water Operator;  Cliff Hodges, Water Operator;  Toni Pomes, Administrative Assistant;  and Debbie Bounds, Bookkeeper.

“In addition, the Utility Authority has made a substantial investment into new infrastructure for the residents of the county.  This marks the first time that the Utility Authority has achieved the maximum rating of 5 and we are extremely proud of the service that we are providing to the residents of Pearl River County and look forward to continuing the very best service possible for the community.”

[This story was also covered by the Picayune Item, April 30, 2013]

To Read the Full Reports select from the list below:

2013 MSDH Annual Inspection Reports Poplarville.pdf

2013 MSDH Annual Inspection Reports Picayune.pdf

2013 MSDH Annual Inspection Reports Hillsdale.pdf


Dedication of the New Hide-A-Way Lake Sewer Collection System


Pearl River County Utility Board members along with other local city, county, and state officials recently gathered to dedicate the new Hide-A-Way Lake Sewer Collection System. Tommy Breland, PRCUA Board President, along with Executive Director Jeff McClain, thanked everyone involved in bringing this project to completion.
“With the completion of this six million dollar project nearly 900 residents in this gated community are now connected to our sewer system via 18 miles of collection lines and a new state of the art sewer pump station”, said McClain.
“In addition to the collection system, the PRCUA was able to fund the decommissioning of over 250 septic tanks. These two achievements combined will greatly enhance the quality of life as well as the environment for the HAWL community”, said Breland.
All city, county, and state officials in attendance expressed their gratitude for the project and thanked the PRCUA for completing this much needed project. In addition, comments were made concerning the willingness of all to work together in a spirit of cooperation to build our infrastructure that will benefit the residents of Pearl River County.

Utility Authority Working On Many Projects 

January 26, 2013, The Picayune Item By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer

PICAYUNE — Pearl River County’s Utility Authority is working on a number of water and waste water projects to improve the infrastructure for those services.

Many of the projects are taking place in or near the municipalities of Picayune and Poplarville.

“We are working on a variety of projects throughout the county and continuing to improve the systems,” Executive Director Jeff McClain said.

One of the projects the Utility Authority is working on, the Hide-A-Way Lake waste water project, is nearing completion. Currently, all of the 875 residential homes in the gated community that applied for the program have had grinder pumps installed at their homes.

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