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Ellendale Water Referendum Passes

Posted: Sep 15, 2018 9:12 PM -04:00 Updated:

ELLENDALE, Del.- The town of Ellendale approved a referendum Saturday to change its water system, after years of similar referendums failed. 

According to the Sussex County government, 81 people voted to create a public water system, whereas 21 people voted against the measure. Many in the area told WBOC the current water leaves a brown and orange residue, and some private wells tested positive for high bacteria. Those with the Ellendale Community and Civic Improvement Association reported that if the referendum passed, users would pay roughly $400 more a year for the new system, which the county would help facilitate.

Now that the referendum passed, the results will be presented to the Sussex County Council for certification and a formal resolution adopting the newly approved Ellendale Water District. Next, the county's engineers will begin to look at funding, design, and eventually construction for the project.

In 2017, a referendum failed by just 13 votes, with 120 voting against and 107 voting in favor. 



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