The Department of Public Works strives to enhance the quality of life in Madison by ensuring clean, safe drinking water. It provides efficient sewer service, well-maintained city streets and all other city-related services that our citizens rely on daily. Public works employees work to provide efficient and timely services.

The Public Works Department is in the Denson Robinson Public Services Complex at 1239 Highway 51 (.8 mile north of Hoy Road on the west side of Highway 51). For assistance or questions answered:

Public Works Department

Water System

Madison provides water service to approximately 4,800 homes and businesses. Some Madison residents receive their water service from Bear Creek Water Association and the Pearl River Water Supply District.

Like many bottled water companies, Madison draws its water from deep wells. In fact, Madison’s water can be classified as “natural artesian spring water.”

City of Madison water bills can be paid online via this link. Payments can also be mailed to 1239 Hwy 51, Madison, MS 39110 or dropped off at the Denson Robinson Public Services Complex or at the drop box located in front of City Hall.

PAY WATER BILL
For billing questions or new water service, please contact the Water Department at (601) 856-8958.

Sewer System

Sewer service is provided to approximately 10,000 residences and businesses. The City of Madison belongs to two regional treatment systems, the Metro System with the City of Ridgeland & Jackson and the Madison County Waste Water Authority. The use of these two systems accounts for two sewer charges that appear on water/sewer bills. The city charge helps pay for the operation, maintenance, and debt service of the city’s collection system, while the Metro Sewer charge helps to cover costs of operation, maintenance, and debt service for the regional interceptor lines and treatment system.

Street Department

This department maintains public rights-of-way including along Highways 51 and 463 inside the city limits. It is also charged with maintaining dedicated drainage easements, which include creeks, ditches, culverts, curbs, and inlets. Maintenance of street signs and traffic signals also falls under this division.

One of the biggest challenges is keeping litter picked up. There are several ways that citizens can help. Please do not litter. Remember your tax dollars are used to clean up litter.

Stormwater Management

As the City of Madison continues growing, the challenge of maintaining clean bodies of water also grows. As development turns natural green spaces into paved residential and commercial areas, stormwater runoff increases. Stormwater runoff does not flow into a treatment plant but directly into our streams and lakes. From there, it ultimately flows into the Pearl River and Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Because there are fewer trees, grass, and plants that serve as natural filters, stormwater runoff contains more pollutants. These pollutants wash through the storm drain system and into our local streams such as Culley Creek, Hearn Creek, Haley Creek, Brashear Creek, and Bear Creek.

Sources of stormwater pollution are driveways, streets, parking lots, construction sites, agricultural fields, lawns, pet wastes, failing sewer systems, leaking septic tanks, and illicit discharges such as dumping waste motor oil. Pollutants of concern include but are not limited to oils, grease, sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, bacteria, debris, and litter.

The City of Madison has a stormwater runoff management program required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The program addresses water quality and reduces pollution to local waters through public education and outreach; public involvement/participation; illicit discharge detection and elimination; construction site runoff control; post-construction runoff control; pollution prevention and good housekeeping for city facilities.

Here are tips that you can follow to minimize stormwater pollution:

  • Do not dump anything down storm drains.
  • Dispose of litter properly.
  • Recycle
  • Choose non-toxic products.
  • Conserve water.
  • Keep storm drains clear of debris, trash, sediment, and other litter.
  • Make sure the septic system is operating properly.
  • Minimize the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Practice clean and responsible boating.
  • Wash vehicles at a car wash or where water flows into the grass

Drainage

If a storm drain is not functioning properly, please report the issue to Public Works.

Drainage on private property is the responsibility of the homeowner. Here are some tips that can help improve drainage on your property:

  • Regularly clean gutters
  • Make sure runoff from downspouts drains away from your home
  • Keep inlets for drainage systems clear of leaves and debris
  • Maintain swales in your yard to improve water runoff
  • Check French drains for silt build-up that would restrict the flow
  • Avoid installing fences or planting trees and shrubbery in drainage paths and swales

For Homeowners

Polluted Runoff

These articles from the Environmental Protection Agency contain fact sheets, articles, and resources for the public and homeowners explaining what Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution is and what individuals can do to prevent and reduce it. Topics include household chemicals, septic systems, and impervious surfaces.

Resource
Control of Garden Bugs

Provides guidance and tips on controlling a wide variety of common garden insect pests. This document lists the appropriate type of control for each insect including type and rate of application for chemical controls, as well as safety precautions and conversion rates for common measurements.

Resource
Non-Chemical Weed Control

This document from Mississippi State University contains information on managing and eliminating undesirable plants from landscaping that do not require chemicals. It also addresses many of the reasons that weeds occur in the first place and identifies methods of addressing the source of the problem in order to avoid repeated, unnecessary use of chemicals.

Resource
Household Cleaning Products

This document from Experience Life contains guidance on choosing the appropriate cleaner for a particular job; provides an explanation of the chemicals contained in common household cleaners and the dangers associated with each, and encourages the use of less harmful cleaning chemicals with tips on making and using less harmful alternatives.

Resource
Lawn Mulching for Homeowners

This document from Mississippi State University debunks several common myths concerning lawn clippings and provides common sense applications for the beneficial use of lawn clippings as well as encourages the use of lawn clippings over disposal.

Resource
Non-Point Source Education Page

Contains links from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality on a variety of public education, outreach, and involvement programs that are available through MDEQ including programs for teachers, students, volunteer groups, homeowners, volunteer groups, and stormwater management officials.

Resource

For Educators

Resources for Students and Educators about Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution

Contains links to educational materials including classroom lesson plans, classroom activities, publications, games, puzzles, interactive activities, and a variety of additional for educators and students, including links to other websites.

Resource
Department of Marine Resources

The Department of Marine Resources website has a wealth of information for the general public, children, teachers, boaters, marinas, etc. Information includes pollution prevention and marinas, non-point source pollution, stormwater runoff management, and best management practices provided via the Mississippi Gulf Coast Stormwater Management Toolbox, stormwater management tools for schools, Coastal Cleanups, and workshop information for teachers. (Consider removing this since we are not in a marine environment.)

Resource

For the Construction Industry

MDEQ Stormwater Permits

Contains materials including stormwater permit applications, a notice of intent forms, and guidance manuals for completing the applications and developing a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.

Resource
Field Manual for the Control of Erosion, Sediment & Storm Water

Mississippi’s manual provides technical guidance for the control of erosion, sediment, and stormwater from nonpoint sources (NPDES). and for the preparation of erosion, sediment, and stormwater control plans as needed. The manual is a cooperative effort by: the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Soil & Water Conservation Commission, and USDA Soil Conservation Service.

Resource

Regulations

EPA’s Non Point Source Pollution Page

Provides links to information and resources in a number of categories including publications and
information resources, funding opportunities, training and meetings, and applicable regulations.

Phase II Stormwater regulations
Contains fact sheets and guidance material related to the regulation of stormwater including
information concerning Phase II Stormwater regulations.

Resource
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

The City of Madison requests all Developers and Contractors to reference and utilize the new Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Erosion and Sediment Control Manual

Resource

CONTACT

Madison Public Works
601-856-8958
1239 Highway 51
Madison, MS 39110
Fax: 601-856-8996
publicworks@madisonthecity.com
Dexter Shelby
Director
dshelby@madisonthecity.com