Water planning grant proposals being accepted by state

DOVER — State government agencies, county and municipal governments and conservation districts can now submit proposals to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Division of Public Health to receive matching grants for wastewater, surface water and drinking water project planning. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. March 10. Eligible proposals […]

Dagsboro water providers near agreement

DAGSBORO — Sometime in the spring, Artesian Water Co. might be joining the town of Millsboro in providing water to Dagsboro. Millsboro has been Dagsboro’s primary water source for 18 years. Rounds of discussion and presentation have reached the potential agreement stage and, at its Dec. 14 meeting, Dagsboro’s Town Council plans to review and […]

Rural community group offers well test kits

FRANKFORD — The Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project is distributing free well test kits for owners and users of private wells in Delaware. Co-sponsored by the Delaware Division of Public Health, the two-bottle test kits are available by mail or may be picked up in person at SERCAP’s Frankford office until the end of December. […]

Georgetown investigating source of discolored water

GEORGETOWN – In response to recent complaints and reports of discolored water, the town of Georgetown has taken a water plant offline in efforts to pinpoint the discoloration source. The cause of the discoloration is believed to be elevated levels of manganese, a mineral found naturally in the environment, including both groundwater and surface water. […]

Milford interested in buying Rookery golf course for water

MILFORD — The city is considering buying The Rookery North golf course, not because it’s interested in running a country club, but to assist with water supply on that side of Milford. City Manager Mark Whitfield said shallow wells on the course may provide the solution to water woes in the growing southeast section of […]

Dagsboro working toward water agreement

DAGSBORO — Artesian Water Co. and town officials hope to connect with nearby Millsboro and Frankford to map out proposed interconnections and the water-supply future for south-central Sussex County. Dagsboro Town Council, at its virtual meeting Monday, postponed action on Artesian’s request for an interconnection with Frankford, instead opting to meet soon with representatives of […]

Delaware Rural Water Association funds new building with USDA loan

MILFORD — The Delaware Rural Water Association has a new building, thanks in part to a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which helped offset construction costs. “We are a nonprofit trade organization that provides training and on-site technical assistance to the water and wastewater community and municipal facilities throughout the state of Delaware,” […]

Georgetown referendum seeks approval for water line upgrade

GEORGETOWN – The town of Georgetown’s interest in completing a townwide water line upgrade is headed to referendum. The town is seeking approval to cover the interest generated in a $1.2 million upgrade – a project that would precede repaving of state-maintained roadways in the heart of the town. The referendum, set for Monday, April […]

Carney proposes $50 million for clean water

DOVER — Gov. John Carney gave a tease of next week’s budget recommendations Tuesday, announcing a plan to commit $50 million to fund clean water projects for the fiscal year starting July 1. To expend that money, he’s backing legislation filed by House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, that would create the Clean Water Trust. […]

Commentary: Volunteers helped with new Ellendale water district

I was most pleased to see the recent article by Jennifer Antonik on the approval of Ellendale’s CPCN for a new, much-needed water district. It has been my honor and my privilege to work with the very dedicated volunteer group that spearheaded each of the referenda that led up to this finally successful effort — […]