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Kelly D. Pitts

Public Information Officer

555 Bay Rd Dover, DE 19901

(302) 744-2304 / Fax: (302) 736-2279

Email:  kelly.pitts@co.kent.de.us


Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Mon.-Fri.

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Kent County Department of Public Works, Resolves Sewage Line Break:

Dover, DE - Kent County government officials state the sewage line break, which occurred earlier today has been resolved.
The new line has been connected and Pump Station #3, located on Water Street in Dover is now operating at normal capacity.
The sewage line break happened earlier today, as a result of emergency work being performed near Postlethwait Middle School, causing raw sewage to spill.
Kent County Public Works Director Andrew Jakubowitch stated that the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) was alerted of this breach and the County remains in full compliance with performing the necessary procedures to reduce any further spill. The spill is a result of a transmission line break.
The County will now continue working to clean up the site and expect the emergency repair efforts, known as a line stop, to be removed by Thursday, February 9.
DNREC Secretary David Small issued an emergency order earlier today suspending commercial and recreational shellfish harvest of oysters, clams and mussels in the Delaware Bay as a result. The harvest closure will be in effect for 21 days after the county’s wastewater discharge has been halted.
DNREC has ordered Kent County’s public works department to increase its monitoring of the river for bacteria and organics until water quality returns to pre-spill conditions.
The DNREC emergency order noted that “Due to the health risks associated with untreated waste water, the Delaware Bay will be placed under an emergency shellfish harvesting closure to protect public health.” The order also advised that “This shellfish closure only impacts the harvest of bivalve molluscan shellfish (clams, oysters and mussels), and does not affect the legal harvest of other shellfish species such as crabs and conchs,” concluding that “Currently there is no commercial oyster harvest occurring in the Delaware Bay and little-to-no recreational harvest occurs this time of year.”
For additional information regarding this wastewater spill, contact the Kent County Public Information Officer, Kia Evans at: (302)-744-2304.

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