The Meridian City Council voted Wednesday to move forward with a project that stands to make money on a product currently considered waste.
The last council meeting of the current administration was called to discuss a project that won't take effect until at least six years down the road. With Mayor-elect Cheri Barry in attendance, the council agreed to sell Mississippi Power the city's treated sewage, called gray water, which the company will use to cool the Kemper County Lignite Power Plant.
Right now the gray water, which meets Environmental Protection Agency standards, is being dumped into Sowashee Creek. But with this agreement, once the plant is open and running, Mississippi Power would pay the city six cents a gallon plus adjustments for inflation.
City officials calculate that in the first year, projected to be 2015, the city would bring in around $118,000 from the agreement.