Dover to flush out brown water

DOVER — While the city of Dover continues to replace some of its aging water pipe infrastructure one section at a time, the public works department is in the process of addressing a brown-water issue by flushing out the systems twice a year.

Sharon Duca, director of the city’s Public Works Department, said that city workers will be busy this month flushing out water from sector to sector within the city’s water distribution system to try to alleviate concerns regarding brown water.

“We do these twice flushing’s twice a year on a regular basis, once in the spring and again in the fall,” Ms. Duca said. “We’re not responding specifically to any brown water complaints.”

Ms. Duca said that while the city addresses the aging pipe infrastructure, that flushing the systems helps to prevent any brown water problems any of the city’s residents may have.

“We have a large amount of lines with cast-iron pipe in the (water) system, but we are working through our Capital Improvement Plan with replacing it,” she said. “The city is working on addressing our aging infrastructure.”
Flushing will occur continuously each night from Oct. 6 to Oct. 25 from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., starting on Sunday evening and ending on Friday morning.

Ms. Duca cautions that in the event of adverse weather conditions the flushing operations may be postponed by one week.

The 15-night flushing schedule will be conducted as follows:
• (Week 1) — Oct. 6 to Oct. 11. (Day 1) Long Point Road, N. Little Creek Road, S. Little Creek Road, Horsepond Road and Acorn Lane areas. (Day 2) White Oak Road, Towne Point and Edgehill areas, Stoney Creek, Schoolview. (Day 3) U.S. 113 corridor, the U.S. 13 corridor from Public Safety Boulevard to Loockerman Street and the Bayard Avenue area. (Day 4) U.S. 13 corridor from Loockerman Street to Leipsic Road and the Persimmon Tree Lane area. (Day 5) U.S. 13 corridor from Leipsic Road to Scarborough Road and the Delaware Tech Community College campus area.

• (Week 2) —Oct. 13 to Oct. 18. (Day 6) Western U.S. 13 corridor from North State Street to Lake Club Drive, U.S. 13 corridor south from Public Safety Boulevard to State Street Extended and the State Street Extended service area. (Day 7) Rodney Village, Webbs Lane to Wyoming Avenue and New Burton Road to South Governors Avenue. (Day 8) Wyoming Avenue to Water Street and New Burton Road to U.S. 13, as well as the Legislative Mall area. (Day 9) Water Street to Division Street from West Street to State Street as well as Pear Street and Walker Road. (Day 10) Division Street to Walker Road from Pear Street to State Street as well as areas on the east side of State Street and the north side of Walker Road.

• (Week 3) — Oct. 20 to Oct. 25. (Day 11) North Street to Del. 8 from West Street to Mifflin Road. (Day 12) Farmview, Hazlettville Road, Wyoming Mill Road and western Del. 8 areas. (Day 13) Saulsbury Road to Dover-Kenton Road from Del. 8 to Walker Road. (Day 14) McKee Road corridor from Walker Road to Denny’s Road, College Road corridor from Dover-Kenton Road to Delaware State University.

Also, (Day 15) Dover-Kenton Road corridor from College Road to Denney’s Road and Denney’s Road corridor from Dover-Kenton Road to McKee Road.
Ms. Duca said Dover’s Department of Public Works anticipates increased amounts of brown water within the system until the flushing operation is completed.

The department advises that any customers who experience discolored water should run cold water to clear their service lines. It is recommended that one faucet be utilized to clear service lines, preferably an outside faucet.
Customers are requested to refrain from washing laundry during the week the operation is in their neighborhood.

Residents are encouraged to not park across from, or within 15 feet of fire hydrants during the flushing period to ensure that all lines can be flushed.
“Pretty much what we try to do is to increase the flow to the lines to help scour the pipelines,” said Ms. Duca. “If there’s any buildup (in the pipes) we can pull it out. The effort is to help reduce brown water complaints.”

Leaf pickup season
While the autumn leaves downtown can be spectacular to look at, they can also become a challenge to the city’s storm-drain systems after they fall to the ground.

That’s why the Department of Public Works also announced that from Oct. 14 until Jan. 10, 2020, leaves may be placed in the city streets for collection.
“Helping to remove the leaves tries to help in keeping the leaves out of the storm drain system and things like that,” Ms. Duca said. “It’s a service we provide as leaves are falling. It’s important for residents to remember the dates that we put out for when the leaf service is occurring.”

Leaves left in the streets in most areas will be collected the day after a resident’s normal trash pickup day. Those areas with trash pickup on Friday will have their leaves picked up the following Monday.

Areas where street sweeping occurs overnight will have their leaves collected on the street sweeping schedule.
After Jan. 10, 2020, regular yard waste collection rules apply. All leaves must be placed in privately owned 35 gallon or less plastic yard waste containers.

Yard waste containers are picked up on the regular weekly collection schedule. Only loose leaves/yard waste material can be placed inside the containers. No plastic or paper bags can be used.

If a resident has any questions regarding the water flushing schedule or the collection of leaves is asked to contact the Department of Public Works at 736-7025.

During non-business hours, call 736-7060 24 hours, 7 days a week or email at

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