Drinking Water Systems in Mississippi: Public Owned or Government Owned?

Author(s): Barrett, J.

Mississippi (MS) contains approximately 1300 water systems (system). Currently, there has been no issue raised in an effort to make systems more efficient or more economical for the customers. Also, there has been no effort to determine if a system is efficient or economical. The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) completes a capacity development assessment annually for every system and the scores encompass technical, managerial, and financial, ranging in value from 0 (zero/worst) to 5 (five/best). Approximately forty percent of systems with a population below 501 consistently score below 3.0 on the capacity assessment. There are contradictory mindsets in MS as to the future direction of systems: (1) all systems should take whatever actions possible to provide safe drinking water to their customers at an affordable price and (2) this water system has been in my family for generations or this water system holds this community together. I will use the MSDH assessment scores to view the viability of specific systems by population ranges. This will set a basis to current status and possible future action in relation to systems by asking: does the system remain apathetic and ask for assistance once the system is in disrepair, does the state of MS take over, or will water related agencies promote continuing education in an effort for the systems to increase viability themselves. With each of these three options, I will look at the agencies and individuals involved and delineate how they will be affected and why it matters to them. The results should show how economies of scale affect systems in the matter that smaller systems tend not to be as economical or efficient for its customers.


Technical Presentations

  • Delta Water Quality
  • Delta Water and Agriculture
  • Wetlands
  • Water Quality
  • Sediments
  • Non-Point
  • Management and Sustainability
  • Wood Treatment
  • Modeling
  • Soil and Water Treatment


Responsible Site Design: Implementing Innovative Stormwater Management Strategies

The primary goal of the workshop is to create a dynamic learning experience that examines the role of stormwater management in the built environment. The workshop will focus on integrating ecologically sound water management approaches into site design. After the workshop, attendees will be familiar with the following concepts and technical issues:

  • Knowledge of the stormwater treatment chain
  • Knowledge of the impact of land use codes on stormwater management
  • Application of a design process that mitigates the effects of stormwater on-site
  • Knowledge of the relationship between land use codes and design for innovative stormwater management


For information contact:
Jessie Schmidt
Box 9680
Mississippi State, MS 39762