Dover Officials Work to Identify Wastewater Pump Station Failure - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Dover Officials Work to Identify Wastewater Pump Station Failure

Posted: Feb 19, 2018 11:42 PM Updated:

DOVER, Del. - All six pumps at the Dover Wastewater Pump Station 7 failed on Monday afternoon, according to city officials. 

Public Affairs and Emergency Services Coordinator Kay Sass says it's highly unusual that all six pumps would fail, but the city is doing the best they can to figure out the issue quickly. 

An access road off of Route 13 was shut down while crews worked to temporarily fix the issue. The issue affected one local business, Schuckers. Sass said the city borrowed Kent County's 8-inch bypass pump to keep wastewater flowing and to help drain out the station so the pumps can be inspected.  Additionally, crews were manually draining sewage from nearby areas and county wastewater was rerouted to other stations. 

In the evening, Sass says, a 10-inch bypass pump was delivered to Pump Station 7 from Bridgeport, New Jersey to help get things moving more efficiently.  That bypass pump will be in place until the city can figure out what caused the failure. 

"We have no idea at all right now what caused this to go out. So once they're able to access the pumps, get them out, find out what's happening, get them repaired and get them back in, then we can get the bypass pumps off and just run like we normally do," Sass said. 

Sass says it could be a couple days of working around the clock until any cause is determined by officials in Dover.  The city does want to stress that this is a wastewater pump station, no drinking or tap water will be affected by the issue, according to Sass. 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Millsboro Man Arrested for 5th DUI Offense

    Millsboro Man Arrested for 5th DUI Offense

    Jul 16, 2018 9:21 PM2018-07-17 01:21:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 9:21 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:21:19 GMT
    Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man with his 5th offense DUI after he was involved in a single motor vehicle crash.More
    Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man with his 5th offense DUI after he was involved in a single motor vehicle crash.More
  • Sleep Cheap Owner Has Answers To Furniture Fiasco

    Sleep Cheap Owner Has Answers To Furniture Fiasco

    Jul 16, 2018 7:08 PM2018-07-16 23:08:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 9:08 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:08:00 GMT
    After customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answersAfter customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answers
    After customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answersAfter customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answers
    After weeks of unanswered phone calls and emails, Sleep Cheap Mattresses and More owner Dana Santana opened the doors to the store in an attempt to provide some customers with answers.More
    After weeks of unanswered phone calls and emails, Sleep Cheap Mattresses and More owner Dana Santana opened the doors to the store in an attempt to provide some customers with answers. More
  • Greenwood Creek Reclassified to "Conditionally Approved" for Shellfish Harvesting

    Greenwood Creek Reclassified to "Conditionally Approved" for Shellfish Harvesting

    Jul 16, 2018 8:41 PM2018-07-17 00:41:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 8:41 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:41:57 GMT
    The Maryland Department of the Environment has reclassified a portion of Greenwood Creek in Queen Anne’s County for shellfish harvesting.More
    The Maryland Department of the Environment has reclassified a portion of Greenwood Creek in Queen Anne’s County for shellfish harvesting.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Teen Charged in Milford Crash That Injured 6

    Milford Crash Shuts Down Route One, Causes Critical Injuries

    Jul 15, 2018 9:08 PM2018-07-16 01:08:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 2:11 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:11:15 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours.More
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours. More
  • Maryland Man Killed in Millsboro Crash

    Maryland Man Killed in Millsboro Crash

    Jul 15, 2018 8:33 PM2018-07-16 00:33:00 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-07-16 00:33:01 GMT
    MILLSBORO, Del.- A Maryland man is dead after a crash in Millsboro Saturday afternoon. According to the Delaware State Police, around 1:15 p.m., a 48-year-old Laurel woman was driving south on Route 24 near Nine Foot Road with the intention of turning lefMore
    MILLSBORO, Del.- A Maryland man is dead after a crash in Millsboro Saturday afternoon. According to the Delaware State Police, around 1:15 p.m., a 48-year-old Laurel woman was driving south on Route 24 near Nine Foot Road with the intention of turning lefMore
  • Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Charges for Felton Man

    Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Charges for Felton Man

    Jul 16, 2018 11:36 AM2018-07-16 15:36:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 11:38 AM EDT2018-07-16 15:38:35 GMT
    Paul BenchoffPaul Benchoff
    Paul BenchoffPaul Benchoff
    A Felton man was arrested on multiple charges after he reportedly led Seaford police on a brief chase Sunday.More
    A Felton man was arrested on multiple charges after he reportedly led Seaford police on a brief chase Sunday.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices