- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The city of Hattiesburg continues to seek a solution to its long-contested wastewater issue.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1g4dIyG) city council member voted 3-1 Tuesday to authorize Mayor Johnny DuPree to execute an agreement with Hattiesburg-based Neel-Schaffer Inc.

Last year, the city contracted with Groundworx to design, construct and operate a land-application disposal system at an estimated cost of about $141 million. The effort soon died and led to a breach of contract lawsuit.

The city then turned to mechanical options, and seemed settled on that as a solution. The system was written into an amended federal consent order that has set deadlines on the city to bid, build and run a treatment system that will stop wastewater from being discharged into the Leaf River.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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