Ridgeland receives $2M for basin

Ridgeland receives $2M for basin


RIDGELAND — The city will receive an additional $2 million in COVID relief funding from the county for stormwater improvements along the Purple Creek Basin, city officials said.

Public Work Director Alan Hart said the improvements to the Purple Creek Basin have been ongoing. American Rescue Plan Act funds have been applied to work that started in the summer of 2021.

The latest portion of the project is being handled by Suncoast Infrastructure, Inc. and is known as the Purple Creek Wastewater Interceptor Pipe Rehabilitation project with an estimated cost of $1.3 million. The project is currently under construction and is slated for completion by the end of 2023.

“This project will rehabilitate existing sewer lines to reduce inflow and infiltration of water and improve the longevity of the existing infrastructure,” Hart said.

The $2 million was approved. by the Madison County Board of Supervisors at the end of last year. A resolution approved by the city board at their regularly scheduled meeting on May 15, unanimously approved Mayor Gene F. McGee to sign an agreement with the county to accept the funds.

“I am sure yall would not mind me signing that agreement,” McGee quipped during the meeting.

The city of Ridgeland has managed to nearly double COVID relief funding to cover roughly $12.3 million dollars of ongoing wastewater improvement projects throughout the city.

The city received roughly $5.9 million in ARPA funds and Hart said they have been successful in matching those funds with Mississippi municipal and County Water Infrastructure grants.

Other projects in the works include Citywide Advanced Water Meter Improvements with an estimated price tag of $3.75 million and the South Highland Colony Parkway Water Storage Tank and Water Supply Well project estimated to cost $7.5 million.

“All of the projects are huge for the City of Ridgeland,” Hart said. “Our Mayor and Board of Aldermen continue to be diligent in planning for the future and applying for grants that leverage the dollars that we have. These projects are funded with federal funds and will improve our long-term sustainability.”

Hart said the water meter improvement project is “underway” and slated to be complete by the end of the calendar year. City Crews are doing the installation of the components. The Materials are supplied by Central Pipe. This project will convert every meter to a cellular reading signal.

“Water customers will ultimately gain access to an App that will help with understanding water usage as well as setting up high usage and leak alerts,’ Hart said.

The South Highland Colony Parkway Tank and Water Supply Well project will bid later this year and is projected for completion in 2025.

“This project is in the site selection and design phase. The new tank and well will improve water distribution and storage capacity for not only existing accounts but also for future growth,” Hart said.

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