By Terri Ferguson Smith / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
A 31-mile pipeline from Meridian to Kemper County is delivering treated wastewater to the construction site of the new lignite power plant.
Mississippi Power is purchasing the city's effluent water for the plant that is expected to be completed by May, 2014.
During a tour of the facility on Wednesday, Jay McFarland, chemical products manager at the Kemper facility said the 75-acre reservoir will be up to capacity in a few months. The water has been flowing for about two weeks.
"This is our primary and only water source for the plant so the primary use is going to be for steam production. It is a steam plant," McFarland said. "We'll bring the water in, we'll treat it and make it quality water that we can use for steam. We will also use it for cooling equipment and cooling processes."
The pipeline starts at Meridian's wastewater treatment plant on the east side of the city, he said, and took just over a year to construct.
Mayor Cheri Barry said the purchase of the city's water will bring about $144,000 a year to the city's coffers.
"I'm so pleased that we have the partnership with Mississippi Power," Barry said. "It's bringing economic development and revenue not only to the city of Meridian but those partnerships are building economic development throughout East Mississippi."
The reservoir is about 35 feet deep at its deepest point and ducks have already been spotted on it.
See Sunday's edition of The Meridian Star for more details and a construction update.