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Sussex County Council Issuing Petition for Sewer District

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MILLSBORO, Del.- The Sussex County Council is getting ready to circulate petitions to create a sewer district around Herring Creek.

Currently, residents in this area of Millsboro use personal water wells that are drying up.  Salt water, iron and other nitrates are infusing into people's water.

Mike Marrone lives in Winding Creek Village in Millsboro and brought the problem to the council. The iron in his well even stained his dishwasher.

"I personally had problems with the water in sections of the community that I'm in on the Eastern end here," Marrone said.  "People were getting wells dug a number of times, two, three, four, five and the wells were becoming shallower and shallower and the new DNREC regulations are you can't go any shallower than I think it's 30 feet... and the well diggers said we can't get you anymore water."

Mike said many of the people in Winding Creek Village have stopped drinking their tap water altogether. His neighbor Walter Koopman uses a water treatment system. He saved residue from a broken water well.

"It kinda looks like something from Mars," he said.

Sussex County engineers designed a potential Herring Creek Sewer District. But, people living within the boundaries must agree to it before the plan can be enacted.  Once the petition gathers enough support, the issue will go to voter referendum.

"If we can't get 50 petitions or we can't make it affordable, bottom line is they're gonna vote their pocket if they can't afford it they're not going to pass it," said John Ashman, Sussex County's director of utility planning.

If the petition works, it can take 30-90 days or even more to make it to a vote.

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