- Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014

HELENA, Miss. (AP) - Construction is beginning on a $9.2 million water treatment plant that will treat Pascagoula River and ground water for residents of east Jackson County.

The groundbreaking was this past week at the Helena Industrial Park. The plant will be located just northeast of the intersection of Mississippi Highways 63 and 613.

The facility will treat an average of 1 million gallons of water per day. Officials says it can be upgraded later to treat 2 million gallons per day as demand increases.

It will serve the communities of Escatawpa, Helena, Big Point and possibly Wade and Hurley.

The project is funded through a $12 million Environmental Protection Agency grant.

Max Foote Construction Co. Inc. of Mandeville, La., was given the construction contract in December.