Byram starts process of finding its own water wells

Byram starts process of finding its own water wells

Byram is starting the process of looking for its own water wells, so the city no longer has to rely on Jackson water service. One site is at Lake Dockery and Siwell Road. Another is around the corner at a site owned by the city. Byram is planning to use all of its more than $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding on water projects.”Anything we get from the state or the feds we are going to use for our wastewater and our water, because those are our biggest needs right now,” Mayor Richard White said. Not everyone is investing American Rescue Plan Act money on water needs, only. Hinds County is planning to spend just $18 million of its $45 million allocation on water projects. The county will spend $3 million to renovate a building on State Street to house voting machines and county offices. Another $4 million for low-interest loans through Hope Federal Credit Union. Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham thinks those are bad uses of the money.”We are only spending $10 million on paving roads,” Graham said. “I think we should double that and spend $20 million to pave roads, but we are spending $24 million on projects I really don’t agree with.”The city of Jackson drew criticism for not planning to spend more of its American Rescue Plan Act money on water projects. Thursday, the City Council will approve what has been spent so far, holding the rest of its $42 million allocation for that purpose.”We still have $27.4 million in (American Rescue Plan Act) funds that still have not been committed yet,” Jackson City Council President Ashby Foote. But Byram is moving forward with its hopes of spending its American Rescue Plan Act money on water projects and an eventual departure from relying on the city of Jackson. The Jackson mayor said the city owns those pipes in Byram and doesn ‘t plan to give them away. Byram believes it can establish its own water system at a price tag of about $23 million. The well testing could start by the end of this year or the start of next year.

Byram is starting the process of looking for its own water wells, so the city no longer has to rely on Jackson water service.

The city is considering three locations for water wells. One site is at Lake Dockery and Siwell Road. Another is around the corner at a site owned by the city.

Byram is planning to use all of its more than $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding on water projects.

“Anything we get from the state or the feds we are going to use for our wastewater and our water, because those are our biggest needs right now,” Mayor Richard White said.

Not everyone is investing American Rescue Plan Act money on water needs, only. Hinds County is planning to spend just $18 million of its $45 million allocation on water projects. The county will spend $3 million to renovate a building on State Street to house voting machines and county offices. Another $4 million for low-interest loans through Hope Federal Credit Union.

Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham thinks those are bad uses of the money.

“We are only spending $10 million on paving roads,” Graham said. “I think we should double that and spend $20 million to pave roads, but we are spending $24 million on projects I really don’t agree with.”

The city of Jackson drew criticism for not planning to spend more of its American Rescue Plan Act money on water projects. Thursday, the City Council will approve what has been spent so far, holding the rest of its $42 million allocation for that purpose.

“We still have $27.4 million in (American Rescue Plan Act) funds that still have not been committed yet,” Jackson City Council President Ashby Foote.

But Byram is moving forward with his hopes of spending his American Rescue Plan Act money on water projects and an eventual departure from relying on the city of Jackson.

The Jackson mayor said the city owns those pipes in Byram and doesn’t plan to give them away. Byram believes it can establish its own water system at a price tag of about $23 million.

The well testing could start by the end of this year or the start of next year.

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