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A Major Utility Project Comes To Smyrna

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SMYRNA, Del. - Phase 2 of a major construction project that will bring more water and sewer utilities to the town of Smyrna is underway.

It's a project, Smyrna town manager David Hugg says, that's been in the works for a decade.

"This area hasn't developed very fast because it doesn't have any public utilities," said Hugg.

The utility project aims to bring drinkable water to flow across Duck Creek and into New Castle County.

Hugg says some businesses, like the Valero gas station north of town, have had to use porta potties because of the lack of basic sewer and water lines.

"We understand that two basic things everyone needs is access to clean safe drinking water and sanitary disposable waste water. It is one of the most complicated and expensive tasks for small rural communities," said Kathy Beiser of USDA.
         
A new pump station will be just off of Route 13 north in Smyrna. Town leaders say they are hoping this new project will bring in more big businesses and create more job opportunities.
    
"We lost a couple of good, large prospects like Amazon to Middletown because they had a site with water and sewer ready to go. They could be in the ground working in four or five months, whereas we were going to be a year to a year and a half," said Hugg.  

A big chunk of the money to fund this project is coming in the form of a $3.5 million loan from the USDA.  Senator Tom Carper (D) says it's well worth it.

"Here in Smyrna, we've used a couple million dollars of monies that were obtained through the stimulus package and for a long term investment it will pay dividends for years, for decades actually," said Carper.

When phase 3 of the project kicks in, it will send water and sewer from the pump station to the Smyrna rest area.

Hugg says this project opens up the area for redevelopment and hopefully attracts more business prospects sooner than later to the town of Smyrna.

One future project includes the construction of a new elevated water tank in Smyrna.

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