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Coastal Mississippi to get central water, sewer systems

HUD approves funding for Phase 1 of infrastructure project

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson on Tuesday approved a $33 million program that will ultimately bring central sewer and water service to six coastal counties in Mississippi. Funded through $5 billion that HUD previously awarded the state through the Department's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Mississippi intends to lay the groundwork for a larger Gulf Coast Regional Infrastructure Program to meet the anticipated demand of families expected to move further inland in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, according to a press statement. Mississippi will initially devote $6.5 million to develop a master plan and another $25 million to meet critical needs until the state launches its larger program to build central sewer and water systems in Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. In the aftermath of Katrina, many coastal areas in southern Mississippi were without basic services such as potable water and wastewater. State off...