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County looking for well site

Field test results from the county’s second attempt to drill a test well at the industrial park aren’t promising, the county engineer told the board of supervisors last Wednesday.

The pH is too low, the CO2 and iron are too high, and the site isn’t producing as much water as needed, according to preliminary field tests. Two sets of samples will be sent to two different labs for more study, but engineer Joe Johnson advised the board that they will probably be looking for a third test well site.

The first test well found contaminated water which is believed to be the residue from a train derailment several decades ago. The site has been referred to the EPA for further study and possible cleanup.

Copiah County has received a grant to construct a new well to serve the future water consumption needs at the Copiah County Industrial Park in Gallman.

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