Middlesex Water Company (Middlesex) said that its subsidiary, Tidewater Environmental Services, Inc., has started providing service of new advanced wastewater treatment facility in Sussex county, Delaware. The residents of the Woods on Herring Creek have been facing problem with failed community septic system that allowed sewage to pool on top of the ground in the their residential community for several years.

Recently, the county received the system over as they established a county sewer district in this area. Located near Angola in the environmentally sensitive Inland Bays Watershed, this aged system only marginally removed certain pollutants including harmful nitrates that could make their way into local area residents’ drinking water.

An advanced wastewater treatment facility, owned by Tidewater, was built to serve the newer community of Bay Front, but was not fully used pending further build-out of the Bay Front community.

Tidewater has been selected by Sussex county to provide temporary treatment and disposal services at the Bay Front plant for a period of 24 to 36 months, while the county designs and installs the necessary infrastructure to serve this area. The county was able to install a short force main just a few hundred feet away and discharge into the Bay Front system, thus saving the County monies for pumping and hauling wastewater by truck while their system is being designed. We were pleased to solve the long-standing problem for the residents of the Woods on Herring Creek, said Sussex County Engineer Mike Izzo. The location and capability of Tidewater’s facility presented an ideal solution, he added.

The Bay Front Facility is a highly-advanced membrane bioreactor. This reactor cleans the wastewater to the highest standard technically feasible. The clear effluent discharged from the plant will meet nitrate limits that are less than half of that required by Delaware’s drinking water standards. This method yields long-term environmental benefits because water discharged into sand rapid infiltration basins, also serves to recharge ground water aquifers thus preventing salt water intrusion into area wells.

We are extremely gratified that Tidewater and the County could come to agreement on this solution, said Lee Lindsay, Woods on Herring Creek Homeowners Association Wastewater Committee chairman. This arrangement is a perfect example of a win – win – win solution; benefitting County government, local area residents, and the environment. We look forward to having a final resolution to this problem we’ve been tolerating for many, many years, he added.