Lauderdale County, Miss.
There are more concerns about the quality of water provided by the Northeast Lauderdale Water Association. Several customers provided Newscenter 11 with photos that show dark colored water which they say they often have to use. For affected residents in the newly annexed area, officials with the city of Meridian say they have been, and continue to seek a solution.
"The state decides who can sell water in certain areas and they have a certificate to sell water out there," says Meridian Chief Administrative Officer, Tim Miller. "Unless they relinquish that right or sell that right, it is their right to sell water out there and we can't sell water out there.We have had some discussions, not within the last 12 months, or so, but we have had discussions with them and we are working with attorneys in Jackson trying to figure out a solution of how we can work towards that in the future."
A week ago, the operations manager for the Northeast Lauderdale Water Association explained to Newscenter 11 that the agency's water is tested each month by the Mississippi Health Department, and that it is safe.
Meanwhile, in terms of quickly solving the water concerns of residents in the annexed area, Miller says for now at least the city's hands are tied.