Jackson County Water Tanks


Planning for the future while recovering from Hurricane Katrina

Neel-Schaffer provided engineering design, bidding, and construction services for four new water storage tanks, two new wells, and 156,650 feet of new water mains to help Jackson County recover from the devastating affects of Hurricane Katrina.

The $18.5 million project was funded by CDBG funds administered by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

In anticipation of needs arising from rebuilding following the 2005 hurricane, the cities of Gautier and Ocean Springs, along with the Vancleave, Big Hill Acres, and Latimer areas north of I-10, each submitted requests to increase available potable water supply to their individual areas of service. To maximize flexibility in addressing these needs, a regional supply and transmission system was developed to augment available supply of potable water in each area, allowing each area to satisfy demands associated with the ongoing rebuilding efforts.

The initial component of the proposed regional supply and transmission system consists of 1,000 gallon per minute water supply wells and 500,000-gallon storage capacity tanks located generally along Humphrey Road, near the intersection of I-10 and MS 57, and near the intersection of I-10 and Gautier-Vancleave Road.

The project included construction of transmission mains along Jim Ramsey/Joe Batt Road from Old Biloxi Road eastward to Old Fort Bayou Road, along Old Fort Bayou Road from Jim Ramsey Road southward to Humphrey Road, along Humphrey Road from Old Fort Bayou Road to MS 57, along MS 57 from about Bunker Hill Road to C. Byrd Road, along Gautier-Vancleave Road from MS 57 to about Rock Hill Street and from Crane Lane to Indian Point Parkway.

This system provides flexibility in addressing needs of the communities in Western Jackson County by maximizing the benefit derived from applied resources and being responsive to needs throughout the region during rebuilding.

This project included:

  • 3 250,000-gallon Elevated Water Storage Tanks
  • 1 500,000-gallon Elevated Water Storage Tank
  • 2 1,000-gpm Water Supply Wells
  • 156,650 LF of Water Mains, 8-, 10-, 12- and 18-inch


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