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Plans Underway To Create Delaware's First Non-Profit Wastewater Utility

Posted: 08/24/2017 22:54:00 -04:00 Updated:
Part of the Community Septic System (WBOC PHOTO) Part of the Community Septic System (WBOC PHOTO)

BRIDGEVILE, De.- Today, U.S. Senator for Delaware, Tom Carper, joined representatives from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the newly created wastewater initiative Clean Water Solutions to announce federal funding to support the needs of small rural community septic users.

There are about 80 small, rural communities in Delaware who own and operate on-site wastewater treatment systems.

These communities are often under-resourced and because of geographical distance cannot access central sewer service from a county or municipality.

These communities struggle to maintain and operate their systems due to a limited number of system users across which to spread expenses, a lack of technical expertise, and volunteer manpower.

Three non-profit organizations joined together to start Clean Water Solutions (CWS), a project to launch Delaware’s first non-profit wastewater utility. 

This non-profit will first benefit one small community in Bridgeville, The Country Glen I and II.

Mike Mills is the HOA president of that small community and he's usually the first one called when septic issues occur.

"A couple of months ago, It was just about everyday until I found what the problem was and then another problem and another problem," he said.

Jeremy Kalmache, president of Diamond State Sustainability, one of the non-profits involved in the project, says the septic issue is widespread throughout Sussex County.

"The systems are aging and now that communities are having problems is why we're not dealing with that problem now," he said.

The project will receive two grants.

The first for $25,000 which will help DSSC start up as a non-profit utility company and $30,000 to prepare an engineering and environmental report for the Country Glen community wastewater system.

Senator Carper sees the future in this project.

"What we have here is an idea that I think can be replicated in communities like this across Delmarva. I think through the national governors association this idea can be spread throughout the country," he said.

A vision with a solution, that folks who live in these conditions say can't come soon enough.


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