About Us

At Jackson County Utility Authority, our goal is to provide safe, clean, sparkling water to all of our residents!

Our Mission is to  lead Jackson County in a unified, efficient, approach in the protection of  public health and the environment by providing consistent, quality water, wastewater, and environmental services to ensure the wise, beneficial use of public resources.

The Jackson County Utility Authority (JCUA) was created by Senate Bill 2943, cited as the “Mississippi Gulf Coast Region Utility Act” General Legislation, 2006 Regular Session, now codified as Mississippi Code §49-17-70 1 et seq.

The JCUA was formerly known as “The Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Wastewater Authority” which was created by enabling legislation, House Bill 975 of the 1980 Mississippi State Legislature, Section 49-17-301 of the Mississippi Code Annotated.

The Authority is governed by a Board of Directors, with four being appointed by the city in which they represent, and three being appointed by the Jackson County Board of Supervisors to represent the rural areas of our county.  Meetings are normally scheduled for the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Within Jackson County, there are various pump stations and four wastewater treatment facilities. The four facilities are:

    Pascagoula-Moss Point Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility
    Escatawpa Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility
    Gautier Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility
    West Jackson County Regional Land Treatment Facility

Information About Our Facilities

Wastewater treatment is the cleaning of used water and sewage so it can be returned to the environment.  It is the last line of defense against water pollution.  Wastewater treatment is important for two major reasons: to protect public health and to protect water quality.

Wastewater comes from numerous sources which include homes, industries, schools, businesses, storm runoff and groundwater.  On the average, each person contributes 100 gallons of wastewater per day.

Wastewater is transported, for treatment, to a wastewater treatment plant.  A wastewater treatment plant removes solid material, reduces organic matter and pollutants, and restores oxygen.  This is accomplished by means of a two step treatment process;

Primary Treatment (Removes 40-60% of the solids)

  • Sanitary or Separate Sewers – carries wastewater to the treatment plant
  • Bar Screens – removes trash such as rags or sticks
  • Grit Chamber – Removes sand or grit
  • Primary Sedimentation (Clarifier) – allows for settling of smaller particles (primary sludge)

Secondary Treatment (Completes the treatment process, 90% removal of pollutants)

  • Aeration Tank – supplies air and mixing to microorganisms for consumption of organic matter
  • Secondary Sedimentation (Clarifier) – separation of the solid matter from the clear treated wastewater
  • Disinfection – final treatment to kill disease-causing organisms in the wastewater

Upon completion of the treatment processes, the water can be discharged into nearby waterways.  It can also be used on land for agriculture and other purposes.  As you can see, wastewater treatment is a vital part of the effort to protect our water resources.  Clean water…that’s the goal of wastewater treatment.

 

Facilities Description

Pascagoula/Moss Point

The Pascagoula/Moss Point Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (PMP) is a 10 million gallon per day (MGD) secondary wastewater treatment system utilizing the activated sludge process. The facility is manned seven (7) days per week / twenty-four (24) hours per day by a staff consisting of ten (10) personnel: Plant Supervisor, three (3) lead Operators and six (6) Plant Operators.

The facility currently treats the wastewater for the Cities of Pascagoula and Moss Point as the raw wastewater arrives at the plant via regional pumping stations, force mains, and gravity sewers.  This is accomplished as the wastewater passes through the following major unit processes.

  1. Pretreatment: Influent pumping, screening, and grit removal
  2. Secondary Treatment: Aeration, secondary clarifiers, and return sludge pumping
  3. Final Treatment: Disinfection, flow monitoring, and plant service water (W-2)
  4. Sludge Thickening: Waste sludge pumping and belt thickener
  5. Sludge Digestion: Aerobic digesters
  6. Sludge Dewatering: Sludge pumping and belt filter press

The final treated wastewater is discharged into the Pascagoula River and the dewatered sludge (bio solids) is transported to the Authority’s land application facility for disposal.

The treated wastewater and bio solids discharge are monitored by the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) as issued by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in accordance with the regulations as established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Escatawpa

The Escatawpa Wastewater Treatment Plant (ESC) is a three (3) million gallon per day (MGD) secondary biological wastewater treatment system utilizing the activated sludge process.  The facility is manned seven (7) days per week / eight (8) hours per day by a staff consisting of two (2) personnel: Plant Supervisor and one Plant Operator.

The facility currently treats the wastewater for the City of Moss Point and the Escatawpa Utility District as the raw wastewater arrives at the plant via regional pumping stations, force mains, and gravity sewers.  This is accomplished as the wastewater passes through the following major unit processes:

  1. Pretreatment: Influent pumping, screening, and grit removal
  2. Secondary Treatment: Aeration, secondary clarifiers, and return sludge pumping
  3. Final Treatment: Disinfection, flow monitoring, and plant service water (W-2)
  4. Sludge Thickening: Waste sludge pumping
  5. Sludge Digestion: Aerobic digesters
  6. Sludge Dewatering: Sludge pumping and belt filter press

The final treated wastewater is discharged into the Escatawpa River and the dewatered sludge (bio solids) is transported to the Authority’s land application facility for disposal.

The treated wastewater and bio solids discharged are monitored by the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) as issued by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in accordance with the regulations as established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Gautier

The Gautier Wastewater Treatment Plant (GAU) is a four (4) million gallon per day (MGD) secondary biological wastewater treatment system utilizing the oxidation ditch process.  The facility is manned seven (7) days per week / eight (8) hours per day by a staff consisting of three (3) personnel: Plant Supervisor and two (1) Plant Operators.

The facility currently treats the wastewater for the Gautier Utility District as the raw wastewater arrives at the plant via regional pumping stations and force mains.  This is accomplished as the wastewater passes through the following major unit processes:

  1. Pretreatment: Influent pumping, screening, and grit removal
  2. Secondary Treatment: Aeration, secondary clarifiers, and return sludge pumping
  3. Final Treatment: Disinfection, flow monitoring, and plant service water (W-2)
  4. Sludge Thickening: Waste sludge pumping
  5. Sludge Digestion: Aerobic digesters
  6. Sludge Dewatering: Sludge pumping and belt filter press

The final treated wastewater is discharged into the West Pascagoula River and the dewatered sludge (bio solids) is transported to the Authority’s land application facility for disposal.

The treated wastewater and bio solids discharged are monitored by the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) as issued by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in accordance with the regulations as established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

West Jackson County

The West Jackson County Regional Land Treatment Facility (WJC) is a five (5) million gallon per day (MGD) lagoon constructed wetland treatment process, with spray irrigation and a two hundred fifty (250) acre bio solids land application facility.  The facility lies within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge and is visited frequently by members of the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club.  The facility is manned five (5) days per week / eight (8) hours per day by a staff consisting of four (4) personnel: Plant Supervisor and three (3) Plant Operators.

The facility currently treats the wastewater for the City of Ocean Springs and the West Jackson County Utility District as the raw wastewater arrives at the plant via regional pumping stations and force mains.  This is accomplished as the wastewater passes through the following major unit processes:

  1. Pretreatment: Seventy-five (75) acres three (3) cell lagoon and screening
  2. Secondary Treatment: Wetland pumping, one hundred ten (110) three phase constructed wetland, spray irrigation pumping, and spray irrigation fields
  3. Final Treatment: Effluent pumping, disinfection, and flow monitoring
  4. Bio Solids Disposal: Sludge pads, sludge spreader, and sludge fields

The final treated wastewater is discharged into Bayou Costapia and the bio solids from Pascagoula/Moss Point, Escatawpa, and Gautier transported to the facility are received and placed on storage pads for final disposal on the land application site.  The land application site is used to grow Bermuda grass, which is harvested as hay and sold as feed for livestock.

The treated wastewater and bio solids discharged are monitored by the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) as issued by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in accordance with the regulations as established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency

 

Regional Pump Stations

These facilities serve as the collection and transportation stations for the Authority, pumping an average of eleven (11) million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater.  The pump stations are located throughout the Authority’s service area in relation to the treatment facility to which the wastewater is conveyed.  The pump stations are checked by Maintenance Personnel, five (5) days per week and operate twenty-four (24) hours per day.  The following are the treatment facilities associated with and the locations of the Regional Pump Stations:

Pascagoula/Moss Point WWTP:

Pump Station 9   Louise Street, Pascagoula

Pump Station 10  Ingalls Avenue, Pascagoula

Pump Station 11  Criswell Avenue, Pascagoula

Pump Station 15  Frederick Street, Moss Point

Pump Station 16  Bellview Street, Moss Point

Pump Station 17  Oakwood Street, Moss Point

Pump Station 18  Elder Street, Moss Point

Pump Station 19  Orange Grove Road, Moss Point

Escatawpa WWTP:

Pump Station 20  Highway 63 North, Moss Point

Pump Station 33  Highway 63, Wade

Gautier WWTP:

Pump Station 13  Martin Bluff Road, Gautier

Pump Station 14  Homestead Boulevard, Gautier

West Jackson WWTP:

Pump Station 1   Stuart Avenue, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 2   Simon Street, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 3   Bechtel Boulevard, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 4   Government Street, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 5   Beachview Road, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 6   Tucker Road, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 7   Gulf Tech Street, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 8   Groveland Road, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 21  Green Acres Drive, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 23  Biddex-Evans Road, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 24  Gulf Tech Street, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 25  Humphrey Road, Vancleave

Pump Station 26  Hamil Farm Road, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 27  Palmetto Drive, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 28  McNair Boulevard, Ocean Springs

Pump Station 29  Old Fort Bayour Road, Vancleave

Pump Station 30  Jim Ramsey Road, Vancleave

Pump Station 31  Jim Ramsey Road, Vancleave

Pump Station 32  Highway 57, Vancleave

Pump Station 34  Ridgeland Road, Vancleave