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Highland Commons Parkway Sewer Pumping Station

The Sewer Pumping Station along the new Highland Commons Parkway is now complete and in service. This new station will enhance wastewater flow in the area and provide additional capacity for the new hospital and any future development along the Parkway. This station will also remove some pressure off of our current service area serving resident just north of the Parkway.

This completed project was paid for with grant money and will provide dependable service for the community for many years to come.


Circle Drive Sewer Line Rehab

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Pearl River Utility Authority announces that “Emergency Repairs” have begun on a failing 12 inch sewer line on Circle Drive in Picayune. Due to underground pipe failures the sewer lines are not functioning as they should and repair and replacement is needed. Currently an emergency by-pass pump system has been set up and transferring wastewater to the pump station so residents can continue to use their facilities.

These emergency repairs will consist of installing 750’ of new 14” pipe along with three new sewer manholes. In addition, approximately 1330’ of pipe will be lined in place and will not involve excavation.

The street is partially closed and will remain closed until all repairs are complete. Traffic during construction will be rerouted as needed. Once all piping is repaired or replaced, the street will be repaired and reopened for traffic. The repairs for this project are anticipated to take approximately 30-45 days to complete.

We regret any inconvenience to the local residents as we move forward with this required infrastructure improvement. Any questions regarding this project can be directed to the Utility Authority office by calling 601-799-5259.



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