Department of Public Works
Hans Medlarz, P.E. - Director
555 Bay Rd Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-2430 / Fax: (302) 736-2100
Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Mon.-Fri.
Engineering & Permits
Sewer Advisory Board
Wastewater & Environmental
The Department of Public Works has a diverse range of responsibilities including:
The Department of Public Works provides long range wastewater transmission, collection and treatment planning under an ISO certified Sustainability Management System (SMS). Relevant portions of the SMS can be viewed by clicking the appropriate link:
The Wastewater Division assures compliance with all State and Federal Permits pertaining to surface water discharges, biosolids land application and air emissions. The appropriate permits can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
Water Quality Standards:
Kent County Levy Court and DNREC agreed to jointly develop or revise water quality standards for nutrients and dissolved oxygen for the tidal MurderkillRiver based on site specific science. Starting 2007 and continuing through today various research agreements were executed with the University of Delaware, Stroud Water Research Center, Delaware Geological Survey, US Geological Survey, Chesapeake Biogeochemical and Hydroqual, Inc. to conduct testing, sampling and other research functions as part of the Total Maximum Daily Load Settlement Agreement between DNREC and Kent County. The final draft criteria report for the tidal portion of the MurderkillRiver is available Here.
Capital Improvement Projects:
The Department of Public Works implements the planning, design and construction of the County's main transmission system as well as the wastewater treatment facilities to meet anticipated capacity and regulatory requirements. Available Here
Energy Management of County Facilities:
One of the major operating expenses associated with operations covered under the Department of Public Works is the purchase of energy resources, such as electricity and natural gas. Energy production is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The Department of Public Works, through its SMS, has committed to reduce its energy usage and subsequently its greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, it is beginning to add in the requirements of the ISO 50001 energy management standard as an important element of its SMS and will be seeking to be designated a platinum participant in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program. Since 2009, the wastewater treatment operations have reduced energy consumption by over 25%.
Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Services
Kent County provides weekly Garbage and Recycling Collection and Yard Waste Collection (weekly from April through November each year) for over 170 developments and communities throughout Kent County.
Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Service is billed yearly on the property owner's "Property Tax" bill on June 1st. Garbage and Recycling Collection service is $215.00 per year. Residents who voted to also receive Yard Waste Collection service are billed $250.00 per year.
For a list of communities served by Kent County or to find your collection day, please click on the "Schedule" at left.
To request a 2nd Trash, Recycle or Yard Waste container please call (302) 744-2429.
The Engineering Division is responsible for:
- Creation and planning of central sewer system extensions in Kent County
- Technical Feasibility Studies
- Design of new pump stations and other wastewater facilities
- Geodatabase design, maintenance and mapping services
- Underground utility locating
- Flow measurment of all transmissions to the Wastewater Treatment Facility
- Residential and commercial sewer permitting and inspections
Kent County's central sewer system includes 95 pump stations and over 400 miles of sewer transmission pipes providing wastewater service to over 18,000 residential and commercial customers. In addition, the Kent County sewer system accepts and treats wastewater from Smyrna, Clayton, Cheswold, Dover, Bowers Beach, Felton, Frederica, Harrington, Milford and the Dover Air Force Base.
Residential & Commercial Sewer Permitting
A sewer permit is required for any residential or commercial property connecting to the Kent County central sewer system.
Miss Utility Delmarva Information
To avoid damaging underground utilities residents are reminded to contact "Miss Utility Delmarva" to have underground utilities marked on the property before you begining any project such as construction of a home, deck, shed or garage or installation of a pool or fence.
Sewer System Expansions & New Subdivisions
For complete information on sewer system expansion applications, fees, planning, permitting and construction please contact the Engineering Division at (302) 744-2430.
The Kent County Sewer Advisory Board - was established in 1973 and is responsible for advising the Kent County Levy Court Commissioners on the operations, expansions and overall development of Kent County's Sewer System and Wastewater Treatment Facility.
The Sewer Advisory Board (SAB) is comprised of 13 members, 1 from each Levy Court District and municipality as well as members from the Dover Air Force Base and the State of Delaware Department of Natural Recorces & Environmental Control (DNREC).
The SAB reviews, monitors and provides recommendations on:
- Development of new sewer areas/districts
- Technical Feasibility Studies, including design and estimated construction costs
- Industrial and Commercial User Contracts
- Compatibility to the Regional Comprehensive Land Use Plan
- Federal and State environmental requirements
- Sewer User Rates, Rate Adjustments and Operations and Maintenance Costs
- Environmental programs and initiatives
- Sewer Fund budget
The SAB meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Kent County Wastewater Treatment Facility
Built in 1973, the Kent County Wastewater Treatment Facility serves over 130,000 residential, commercial, industrial and municipal users treats over 12 million gallons of wastewater per day. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Wastewater Treatment Facility, located in Frederica, has received national recognition and regional Federal EPA performance awards for its innovative treatment projects like the photovoltaic solar farm, passive solar biosolids dryers and UV disinfection processing. For detailed information about the facility click on the link at left.
Environmental Programs & Regulatory Compliance
The purpose of the environmental programs at Kent County is to protect and preserve critical environmental assets of Kent County as well as to meet the regulatory requirements enacted by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the standards set by the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC).
Sustainability Management System
The Kent County Wastewater Treatment Facility is currently only 1 of 2 treatment facilities in the United States to have a Sustainability Management System that is ISO14001 certified, National Biosolids Partnership (NPB) certified and OHSAS 18001 certified.
Septage Hauler Information
All transporters of septage, grease trap waste, cesspool waste, chemical toilets and industrial wastewater must have each truck permitted annually. Each truck must be inspected at the Kent County Wastewater Treatment Facility and shall prominently display the tank volume and appropriate tag(s). Inspection forms from another nearby municipality can be submitted in lieu of truck inspection. A permit fee is required - click on link at left.
To report a street light problem in your community
Call the Department of Public Works at (302) 744-2430.
Improve repair response time - please provide the pole number and street address.
Kent County provides street light service to over 170 developments and communities throughout Kent County. If your community does not have street lights contact the Department of Public Works for complete information on how to obtain this service.
Homeowners Associations - if you are interested in transferring the street light maintenance and billing responsibilities of your community to Kent County, please call (302) 744-2430.
Developers - As per Kent County Code (Chapter 187) installation of street lights is required in subdivisions and must be coordinated with the Department of Public Works. For detailed instructions please call (302) 744-2430.