Saturday, November 5, 2022

MDEQ Awards $35.6 Million to Jackson for Water/Sewer Projects

The city of Jackson will get some desperately needed funds for its water and sewer system.   The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality awarded $35.6 million in ARPA funds to five water and two sewer projects in Jackson yesterday. 

Jackson must provide a dollar for dollar match for each grant.  The projects, grants, and project budgets are: 

Fewell plant filter & transmission line project: $8.8 million grant, project budget: $17.6 million

O.B. Curtis plant raw water pump replacement:$1.65 million grant, project budget: $3.3. million

O.B. Curtis plant chemical feed automation: $1.45 million grant, project budget: $2.9 million

O .B. Curtis plant general pump repair & replacement: $8.8 million, project budget: $17.6 million

Fewell plant:  $2.75 million grant, project budget: $5.5 million

West Bank interceptor sewer line & interceptor repair project: $7.5 million, project budget: $15 million

Mill St. sewer basin reconstruction:  $4.7 million grant, project budget: $9.4 million

Total grants: $35,629,520

Total project budget: $71,250,040

Jackson applied for the funds a month ago.  Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement: 

“We are appreciative of the recently-announced ARPA projects approved through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s municipality and county water infrastructure program.

The City of Jackson was awarded all requested projects and this will go towards our ongoing efforts to provide reliable, safe and quality drinking water for our residents. We are grateful for the assistance and will continue to explore all potential funding avenues to achieve this end." 

Other grants in the Jackson metro area are: 

 Ridgeland: Water meter improvements (Don't say it): $1.75 million grant, $3.8 million project budget

Ridgeland: EMCSDS & Purple Creek wastewater interceptor pipe rehab: $650,000 grant, $1.3 million project budget

Ridgeland: S. Highland Colony Parkway water storage tank & water supply well: $3.5 million grant, $7.4 million project budget

Raymond: East lagoon improvement: $514,548 grant, $863,720 project budget

Rankin County: Watershed protection & restoration program (B): $6.9 million grant, project budget: $15.5 million

Rankin County: Watershed protection & restoration program (A): $14.5 million, project budget: $32.2 million

Pelahatchie: Wastewater improvements: $339,758 grant, project budget: $7.2 million

MDEQ awarded grants of $140 million to 130 projects.


Welcome home said...

That explains why the mayors sister is looking at a mansion in Bridgewater.

Anonymous said...

Where will Jackson get the matching funds?

Anonymous said...

Will that satisfy the Moral Mondays mob?

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, there will be someone NOT associated with the city overseeing “every dime” spent, but I seriously doubt it.

Anonymous said...

Jackson is a world class city for flushing money down a toilet. Hopefully, there will be steel cables instead of stings attached to these funds.

Anonymous said...

according to WOKE WLBT, its a done deal... WLBT never mentioned there would be a match required.I guess Jackson has money laying around they just haven't spent during this period of no water!
Make room for Soc in the Forbes 500!

Anonymous said...

ARPA = bribing taxpayers with their own money.

Anonymous said...

I’m ok with this but we need transparency as to who the contracts are awarded to and make absolutely sure that no kick backs or pay offs are given to public officials while retaining qualified contractors who will not be forced to use non qualified subcontractors just to get the project.

Anonymous said...

You know, they say we learn from our mistakes......

Well after the citizens of jackson elect what's his name mayor a few more times, they'll all be Fuk'n Genuis's!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Based upon this and your previous post on Jackson's SRF loans, they have gotten every penny they've ever applied for.
Because the State of MS is SO racist.

Anonymous said...

Jackson is batting a thousand, having received every revolving fund loan it has applied for since the program’s inception and now each of the ARPA requests it submitted. 20% of the total funding went to Jackson on this first round of funding. Yep, clear evidence of systemic racism. Evil republican racist state lawmakers are at it again. What exactly is the EPA investigating?

Anonymous said...

35,600,000 gifts for Chokwe to dispense to his supporters.

Anonymous said...

New cars all around

Anonymous said...

Watch what happens with this money, who gets the contracts and how they need extra money to complete these jobs. Oh and how they will run short since some of the money is put in the general fund.

Anonymous said...

Who is the minder for our little marxist?

Anonymous said...

Socrates is pleased.

$ocrate$! said...

Cost overruns in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Anonymous said...

Not even 1/4th of these projects will be complete by this time next year.

Anonymous said...

So Jackson has had the 35 mill ARPA all this time and never used it to fix the water issues??

Anonymous said...

Engineer Robert Lee with city of Jackson told me the other day his dept is so busy with water situation that the intersection light in front of JA is on hold. That’s how stupid this mayor is. They don’t have money for intersection repair bc this dumb mayor is spending all time and resources on water rather than letting state deal with it. Yep Lumumba has caused this and all employees at city know it.

Anonymous said...

And how realistic is the "matching" capability?
Will the funds just languish as usual with the legislature so they "look" good and have time to find new improved ways to siphon it off to friends and relatives?

Anonymous said...

Many luxury car dealers are smiling, as are condo salesmen.

Anonymous said...

How much is Rukia's cut?

Kingfish said...


Because that light was unfortunately working this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Wasn’t working for the football game Friday night and it wasn’t working an hour ago

Anonymous said...

What's the dollar carve-out for Project Coordinators? I'd guess there will be at least 16 of them with a new pickup, paid 65K per annum.

Several years ago when I was selling my mother's house in Ridgeland, I had a man from Jackson come out to give an estimate on some yard work and cleanup since he had done it for us for years. We were good friends having developed a relationship over the years.

He's retired and has a lawn service and drove up in a new City of Jackson pickup. I asked if he were working for the city now. He said he was a 'Project Coordinator'. I asked what that is. He said it's sort of a job given to people who support the mayor, and the job is to stay in touch with a project and report back to the mayor's office off and on on the status of the project as it progresses.

Anonymous said...

Jackson will never provide the required match, It will lie and and cheat. All Federal funds will spent by the time lack of match is found. About 5 million of real good will come from the project.

Anonymous said...

"Engineer Robert Lee with city of Jackson told me the other day his dept is so busy with water situation that the intersection light in front of JA is on hold. That’s how stupid this mayor is."

Because we need another red light more than we need drinking water...

Anonymous said...

Federal grants = Jackson's mother's milk of corruption.

Ben Misled said...

1. Chokwe is a lawyer.
2. I read on the internet that lawyers are honest people.
3. You can't lie on the internet.
4. Some of you are saying he will misspend all this money.
5. Help me out with this disconnect.

Anonymous said...

Earnest money deposits on condos in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Anonymous said...

Chokwe business trip to exotic lands on “Jackson business” in 3, 2, 1,…

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