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Constructed in 1969, the Vicksburg Water Plant employs 9 full time employees and has provided an excellent product throughout the years. The facility operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. We are confident that the facility can meet or exceed drinking water standards for the next ten years without modifications. Currently, the facility produces water that exceeds the standards set for potable water.
Water Treatment FAQ's
How much water does the facility produce?
The facility has eleven raw water wells with a capacity of 2 million gallons per day each.
Where does the water come from?
The Vicksburg Water Treatment Plant uses ground water for its raw water source. What is ground water, you might ask? It's the water that lies beneath the earth's surface that is stored in aquifers. Aquifers are underground rock formations, caverns and beds of sand and gravel. Water is pumped out of them by wells. These aquifers are the source for many public water utilities and private wells. In fact, nearly half of our nation's drinking water comes from ground water. Protecting groundwater is everyone's business. It's the only way to ensure clean, plentiful groundwater---a key to our health and way of life!
How are ground water supplies replenished?
Ground water is part of the water (hydrologic) cycle--nature's system for renewing water supplies. This includes: Condensation, where water vapor cools and turns into tiny water droplets. These attach to one another and form clouds. Evaporation, which occurs when the suns heats surface water which changes to water vapor and rises into the air. Precipitation, which occurs when the clouds get too heavy, the water falls back to the earth as rain, snow, sleet or hail. Infiltration is the term for water that sinks into the ground and is stored in aquifers. And finally, surface runoff, which is the term applied to water that can enter the earth as it runs across the earth into lakes, rivers, reservoirs, etc. All these natural cycles contribute to the level of useable water in an aquifer. So, you can see that rainfall deficits and the rise and fall of natural or manmade surface water sources can greatly determine the amount of water available for treatment plants that use ground water for their raw water source. We can't control these natural changes, but we can make a difference by practicing water conservation.
How can I make a difference?
You can make a difference at home and in your community in two important ways.
How do communities pay for clean water?Communities have the following options for meeting clean water costs:
User fees: Utility Bills- A direct charge to consumers based on the amount of water used.
Assessments- Other fees, such as charges to connect new homes or businesses to the system.
Property taxes provide operating funds by taxing all properties.
State taxes and low interest loans from state revolving loans funds as well as grants, help finance the construction of new, or the upgrade of existing facilities.
How do I calculate my water bill?
Your water bill is based on the amount of water you use per month. The Vicksburg Water and Gas Administration handles all billing procedures. You can visit their page to see rate charts and samples of how to calculate a bill.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:11|
|Boil Water Notice - Citywide - *Lifted*|
Electrical power has been restored to the malfunctioning circuits at the Vicksburg water treatment facility and water pressure is returning to normal. However, a boil water order remains in effect until further notice for City of Vicksburg water customers as well as those of the Yokena-Jeff Davis system. Water should be brought to a vigorous boil for one minute before consumption. ** Lifted **
|Boil Water Notice - Washington, Rigby and Lee Streets|
|Due to repairs on a 16" water main residents in the following areas are asked to boil their water before consumption. Oak Street from Rigby Street south to Washington Street; Pearl Street from Lee Street south to Oak Street; Washington Street from Johnson Street south to Lee Street including all of Rigby Street. * * * LIFTED * * *|
|Boil Water Notice - North Frontage Road Area|
|Due to a 10" broken main the Water department has issued a boil water notice for customers in the North Frontage Road area from Clay Street to Haley's Point including Honey Suckle Lane, Haleys Point and 61 North to the City limits. Please boil your water until further notice. * * * Lifted * * *|