DNREC investigating sewage spill into St. Jones River; residents advised to avoid Dover area
KENT COUNTY, Del. — The Kent County Levy Court Public Works along with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is currently addressing a force main break, causing wastewater to flow into the St. Jones River.
We’re told officials are working through the night with environmental contractors to repair the main. Officials are advising residents to limit water usage to consumption only: such as for cooking, drinking water, using the bathroom, or dripping water to prevent pipes from freezing, while one of the largest water lines in the county is shut down for repairs.
They are also advising residents to avoid the length of the river from Dover to Bowers until the wastewater spill has been dispersed. DNREC says the force main ruptured near Kent County’s pumping station along its Puncheon Run line, causing the sewer overflow.
For concerns and emergency questions, the public may contact the DNREC Environmental Crimes Unit at 800-662-8802.