Sussex officials, BPW expand sewer agreement

County can now connect some customers in Lewes service area
April 19, 2018

Sussex County and the Lewes Board of Public Works have amended an agreement to allow customers in the BPW's service area to connect to the county's wastewater system.

The two had reached an earlier agreement allowing Sussex County to flow 75,000 gallons of wastewater per day to the BPW system with a seasonal flow of up to 300,000 gallons per day during fall and winter.

“Now, they can flow to us, and us to them,” said Sussex County engineer Hans Medlarz.

Medlarz said Lewes BPW had received a request to serve two parcels along Old Orchard Road. He said costly pump stations would have been required to serve the parcels. Other possible connection points may arise in the area of the Showfield development along Gills Neck Road.

“They can connect to the Sussex County system using a gravity system much cheaper than they can to the Lewes system,” he said.

“The amendment allows wastewater to be transmitted and treated by the most cost-effective manner,” Medlarz said.

The rate has been set at $2.40 per 1,000 gallons of discharge.

Sussex County Council approved the agreement during its March 20 meeting. The BPW approved the amended agreement at its March 28 meeting.