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The Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute provides a statewide center of expertise in water and associated land-use and serves as a repository of knowledge for use in education, research, planning, and community service.


The WRRI goals are to serve public and private interests in the conservation, development, and use of water resources; to provide training opportunities in higher education whereby skilled professionals become available to serve government and private sector alike; to assist planning and regulatory bodies at the local, state, regional, and federal levels; to communicate research findings to potential users in a form that encourages quick comprehension and direct application to water related problems; to assist state agencies in the development and maintenance of a state water management plan; and to facilitate and stimulate planning and management that:

  • deals with water policy issues

  • supports state water agencies' mission with research on problems encountered and expected

  • provides water planning and management organizations with tools to increase efficiency and effectiveness of water planning and management

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The Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute continues to recognize the need for assisting small public water systems in Mississippi and the southeastern United States to provide safe, clean drinking water to the public. The Southeastern Regional Small Public Water Systems Technical Assistance Center (SE-TAC), funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, was established in 2000 and has been administered by the MWRRI at Mississippi State University. SE-TAC works with state and regional agencies to assist small public water systems in acquiring and maintaining the technical, financial, and managerial capacity to provide safe drinking water and meet the Safe Drinking Water Act's public health protection goals. SE-TAC has adopted an applied approach to directly and meaningfully supporting small public water system issues in the southeastern United States. Throughout its existence, SE-TAC has provided nearly $2 million on over 40 projects that have directly assisted small drinking water systems across the southeast region of the United States. Hundreds of small water systems have received training and assistance with technical, financial and managerial issues through SE-TAC funded projects.

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