Letter to the Editor: Group worked tirelessly for Ellendale clean water

We, the members of the Ellendale Civic and Community Improvement Association (ECCIA) are grateful for the coverage of the Clean Water Project in Ellendale. The Sunday, Aug. 11 edition of the Delaware State News reported the Delaware Public Service Commission approved the certificate of public convenience and necessity application for Sussex County to provide water to the Ellendale Water District.

This community has met over the years at Philadelphia Pentecostal Church, New Shiloh F.B.H. Church and Mt. Zion AME Church. ECCIA consists of members of these churches and volunteers from Ellendale and nearby communities.

While we applaud the work and vision of Bishop Major Foster and Harold Truxon, the organization feels that the article in the Delaware State News did not adequately address the work of ECCIA and we would be remiss if we did not recognize the importance of those who were also instrumental in this endeavor.

Over the years, members of the organization have worked faithfully and diligently under the leadership of our president, Delores Price, to bring clean water to the Ellendale community. They met faithfully every month to inform and educate the community of the necessity for clean water, attended meetings on the county, state and national level, SERCAP went from door to door to test water in private homes, met with families to sign petitions, and encouraged residents to support the referendums, amongst other things. ECCIA has also had the full support of our county officials and state representatives.

Loretta Benson
Executive Director
ECCIA

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