Natchez water gets perfect report

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 2, 2010

NATCHEZ — Natchez Water Works recently achieved a perfect score for its water quality and distribution systems from the Mississippi Department of Health.

City Engineer and Natchez Water Works Superintendent David Gardner said Monday the operation scored a perfect five after its annual evaluation last week. The perfect score is nothing new for Natchez Water Works, which achieved a perfect five last year.

Gardner said MSDH evaluates financial records in addition to preventative maintenance, storage levels, water sampling and public supply among other criteria.

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Gardner said when he was hired by the City of Natchez, Natchez Water Works scored four points out of the possible five.

“This year we really did a good job,” Gardner said. “Water is something you can easily take for granted, but it involves a lot of good planning from the commission to the men who put in the water pipes. It’s a joint effort.”

Natchez Water Works provides both water and sewer service for the City of Natchez. The operation produces more than 1 billion gallons of water annually.