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Ellendale Steps Closer To Cleaner Water

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ELLENDALE, De-A small town in Sussex County is steps closer to cleaner water. 

For years, residents in this small town near Milford have struggled with water that appears rusty or yellow and often has an abnormal smell.

Sussex County officials tell us nearly thirty percent of shallow and deeper private wells in the area tested positive for contaminants, especially those along Old State Road in Ellendale.

Officials suspect that number could be higher, and have been pushing for a public water system in Ellendale.

After previous referendums failed, last Fall one passed, allowing for a public water system that will result in a charge of $100 quarterly or $400 annually for residents. This system will be monitored and closely regulated than many private wells, which could lead to improvements in water quality. 

County Engineer Hanz Medlarz says though people may not see a big difference with their water quality as of yet, county officials are busy at work to make a difference.

"The greater community has attempted for decades to get public water from a public water source and they have a number of contaminated wells," he said. 

"We are very pleased for the community to help accomplish this." 

The recently approved application is "a great step in the right direction," Medlarz said, but there are many other steps before the water services are offered, but officials say they are more than 50% there. 

The County's Engineer says funding for the project has not been secured yet, but they hope to have water services available in two years.

"We're anticipating the entire project is about 5.7 million dollars."





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