Congresswoman Blunt Rochester visits Ellendale where strides are being made for access to clean water
ELLENDALE, Del.- Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester took to the streets to visit the Ellendale Collection Station, highlighting projects that are bringing clean- affordable water to small communities.
“20 years in the making many people have been working to clean and safe drinking water here to Sussex County but particularly the communities of Ellendale,” Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester said.
She also discussed on infrastructure law allowing millions of dollars to come to Delaware for drinking water and waste water services.
“We know that having access to clean drinking water isn’t enough, you also need to be able to afford it, so I have a bill that’s been included in the Build Back Better, a pilot of it has been included in the bipartisan infrastructure,” Congresswoman Blunt Rochester said.
Meanwhile, right now, money through the State Revolving Fund is allowing Sussex County to provide access to free clean water for some months.
“And that’s $1,500 to $2,000 that a person would have to pay on their own they can now get for free and so we are encouraging people to get hooked up to the water system so that they can have clean drinking,” Congresswoman Blunt Rochester said.
Delores Price is one homeowner taking advantage of this. She’s also the President Of the Ellendale Civic Community Improvement Association and is working with the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project to better water infrastructure.
“It makes me happy it really does,” Price said.
Price said she’s seen and lived through the challenges no access to clean water can bring from discoloration, stained clothes, and health impacts.
“I had a grandson that lived in that area for awhile and he got meningitis and had to learn how to walk and do everything all over he was just a year old, he was just a baby, he had to learn to do things all over,” Price said.
But, with the work now being put in to help communities like Ellendale those we spoke with are looking at the glass half full.
“Other people will be able to use their water without fear, they will be able to wash their clothes, they’ll come out nice and clean,” Price said.
Price said her and the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project are also working to get better housing in the area because they feel you can’t have better clean water and not have great housing.