Lewes WWTP dealing with problems filtering water

LEWES, Del.- The Lewes Board of Public Works is once again having problems filtering their water,  a problem that they hope will be solved soon.

“We thought it was a minor problem over the weekend evidently they couldn’t get it under control and it became a major problem that we’re seeing now,” D. Preston Lee, Board President of Board of Public Works, said.

The Lewes wastewater treatment plant is dealing with problems with their new filter that replaced the old one.

“They had it up and running and shortly after they had it up and running they noticed that there were more solids getting through the filters than they think should’ve been,” Lee said.

They didn’t want the problem to repeat in the new filter, so they had to shut it down for a few hours and discharge the water into a marsh near the plant that goes into the Lewes-Rehoboth canal, which raises concerns.

“If it’s being dumped into the canal, it probably should be looked at,” Mark Valesey, a resident of Lewes, said.

“They really have to solve the problem completely so people have piece of mind they don’t wanna go turn on their tap and have a problem,” Joe Glenn, resident of Ocean View, said.

The board said they don’t think it will have a big impact on the canal or cause severe damage, but he wouldn’t recommend getting in the water just yet.

“I don’t think it’s catastrophic to anything the canal or the shellfish area or anything like that,” Lee said. “It’s not a good thing I mean obviously if it was summer I wouldn’t recommend swimming in it or anything like that.”

The board said that now that the one new filter is running properly they will continue to look at replacing the other three that need fixing.

“We’ve never had a problem like this and we don’t anticipate it every happening again 10 we’re not going to let it happen again,” Lee said.

Lewes Board of Public Works said that the company who created the technology in the plant is coming into town next week to help fix the issues.

DNREC has already confirmed that an environmental violation occurred back in December when the treatment plant first bypassed normal operations.

Although the plant is currently back online and has resumed normal treatment of effluent, DNREC is encouraging those who depend on the plant to continue practicing water conservation.

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