The DNREC Division of Water will conduct a Public Hearing (Docket #2022-P-W-0004) on applications from Artesian Wastewater for permits for the Sussex Regional Reclamation Facility. Public comment period closed.
Event Number: 2338 948 3371
Dial-in Number: 1-408-418-9388
Closed-captioning available by request if made at least 7 days before the event.
Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc. has applied for an On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal System Construction Permit and a proposed Amendment to their On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Operations Permit (Spray Permit) for the Artesian Northern Sussex Regional Water Recharge Facility (ANSRWRF), now known as the Sussex Regional Reclamation Facility (SRRF).
Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc. has applied for a State of Delaware Construction Permit for the phase 2 construction of an onsite wastewater treatment system designed to treat 625,000 gallons per day (GPD) of wastewater received from Artesian’s wastewater service territories in Sussex County.
The project scope includes construction of a 3.0 million gallon (MG) combined equalization and off-spec water diversion lagoon, a headworks system consisting of screen and grit removal equipment, an influent lift station, a Hybrid Bardenpho treatment process system, two cloth media filters, an ultra-violet disinfection system, and an effluent lift station to pump treated wastewater to the existing 90 MG treated effluent storage lagoon.
The construction project is to be located on Sussex County Tax Map/Parcel Number 2-35 6.00 28.09, located on a 75-acre site south of Reynolds Pond Road, east of Route 30, north of Ingram Branch and Route 16, and west of Cedar Creek Road, Sussex County, Delaware.
Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc. is currently authorized to receive treated poultry processing wastewater (treated effluent) from the Allen Harim Foods Harbeson Processing Facility’s wastewater treatment system for storage in a 90 MG lagoon prior to discharge via spray irrigation for final disposal. This Phase 1 project is operating in accordance with AWMI’s Operations Permit No. 359288-02 for the Artesian Northern Sussex Regional Water Recharge Facility (ANSRWRF), which is now called the Sussex Regional Reclamation Facility (SRRF).
The proposed draft amendment to the operations permit will authorize the Phase 2 newly constructed onsite wastewater treatment system to receive and treat wastewater from within Artesian’s service territories in Sussex County. Treated wastewater from the onsite treatment system will be mixed in the lagoon with the treated effluent from Allen Harim Foods Harbeson Processing Facility’s wastewater treatment system and discharged via spray irrigation onto privately owned agricultural land, under a lease held in perpetuity by Artesian as the wastewater utility provider. The spray fields have been permanently placed in an Agricultural Preservation Easement by the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation.
For more information and to review applications, supporting documents, and draft permits contact John Rebar, Jr., Division of Water, Groundwater Discharges Section, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE, 19901; by phone at 302-739-9948; or, by email, at John.Rebar@delaware.gov.
The Department will accept public comment through the close of business on March 10, 2022. Comments will be accepted in written form via email to DNRECHearingComments@delaware.gov, using the online form at de.gov/dnreccomments, or by U.S. mail to the address below.
Lisa A. Vest
DNREC Office of the Secretary
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Exhibit 1: DNREC On-Site Regulations and Guidance Documents – January 11, 2014
Exhibit 7: February 2021 Drawings (Set of 52)
Exhibit 8: February 2021 Equipment Specifications
Exhibit 13: Virtual Public Hearing Event Page (This page)
Exhibit 19: DNREC Presentation
Exhibit 1: Artesian Presentation
Danielle Ellis, Div. of Fish and Wildlife (2/3/22)
Shelly Cohen (3/9/22)
Anthony Scarpa (3/9/22)
Susan Linzey (3/10/22)