JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – A Florence-based contractor has been hired to manage the state’s ongoing response to the city’s main water treatment plant.
Hemphill Construction was awarded a contract worth over $1 million to “facilitate the response to the OB Curtis water treatment facility”.
The contract is for 60 days, with Hemphill beginning work Monday, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency communications director Malary White said.
Two other companies, the Lemoine Company of Lafayette, La., and Fortis Construction of Pearl, have also submitted bids, according to a notice of intent posted on MEMA’s website.
MEMA is currently paying for the work but will seek reimbursement through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, White said.
According to the request for quotation published last week, Hemphill will provide assistance in identifying potential plant vulnerabilities, assist in the preparation of a resiliency plan and help manage the overall response to resolve plant issues.
The state stepped in to make repairs to the Curtis plant after equipment failures left 150,000 people in the city without clean water. MEMA, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and the Mississippi National Guard responded to the crisis.
Water pressure and clean water was restored for customers last week, with a few small boil water advisories issued on September 19.
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