- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A new water utility district has been created for three unincorporated areas of Washington County to seek money to upgrade local water service.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1U4eIB8 ) the district will serve the areas of Winterville, Golden Acres and Lamont. Supervisors approved the new utility district this week.

Aaron Nicholson was named the operator for the district.

“We want to service residents on Lake Ferguson and those residents who are at the tail-end of Greenville all the way up to the Bolivar County line,” Nicholson said. “We will look to get a new water well, bigger pipes and an elevated tower. With forming this district, it will allow us to do what we need to do in order to get this new water system.”

Nicholson said the new system, which is estimated to cost about $2.3 million, will also provide fire protection for residents in the three communities.

“The fire protection is a real big deal because it will allow us to get water to the state park and to the Winterville Fire Department in case of emergencies,” he said.

Supervisor Troy Wesley said if the water issues were limited, residents would be provided better insurance rates and property values would increase. He said the improvements will also bring investments in new businesses and home construction.

Wesley said the supervisors will continue to seek funding and grants on a local, state and federal level.

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Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, https://www.ddtonline.com

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