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Groundwater Discharges Section Fees

The following is a table of fees related to the permitting and licensing programs of the Groundwater Discharges Section of the Division of Water.
On-Site Inspections (Annual) Holding Tank $60


Groundwater Discharge Licenses

The Groundwater Discharges Section issues licenses for the various professions involved in designing, installing and maintaining on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems. Licenses are granted under the state’s on-site systems regulations and with input from the On-Site Systems Advisory Board.
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On-Site Systems Advisory Board

The On-Site Systems Advisory Board advises the Department on the groundwater discharges licensing program. The Board, created in the on-site systems regulations (7 DE Admin. Code, 7101), reviews and approves professional training requirements and courses and makes recommendations for licensing decisions by the Department.
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Innovative and Alternative Systems

In some cases, where site constraints limit the ability to install conventional wastewater treatment systems, the Department may approve innovative or alternative systems. These are alternative technologies that have been proven to provide at least an equivalent level of treatment as the conventional systems used in Delaware.



Underground Injection Control

The Groundwater Discharges Section reviews and permits the use of underground injection wells in Delaware. The only injection wells permitted in Delaware are those that are used to inject non-hazardous fluids underground. These are known as Class V wells.

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Spray Irrigation Program Resources

This page provides a general interpretation of existing methods for designing spray irrigation facilities, and also considers the relative effectiveness and limitations of these facilities.

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Marlene Baust Groundwater Discharges Section 302-739-9948



Spray Irrigation Systems

Spray irrigation of reclaimed water has been in use in Delaware since the 1970s. Reclaimed water is water that has been recovered through the treatment of wastewater at wastewater treatment facilities. Once reclaimed water has been properly treated, it can be applied to agricultural fields, golf courses, forests, parks, roadway medians and cemeteries. [column


Approved Products

A list of septic system products reviewed and approved by the Groundwater Discharges Section for use in Delaware. The Section also maintains a list of approved innovative and alternative systems that might be used where site constraints limit the ability to install conventional wastewater treatment systems. Approved Products – General [table-wrap


On-Site Wastewater System Forms

A collection of forms and resources related to the permitting and management of on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems in Delaware. Site Evaluation Approval Septic Permit Application


Septic Systems

An on-site wastewater treatment and disposal system – known commonly as a septic system – is a wastewater treatment facility located within your property boundaries that collects, treats and disposes of wastewater from your home or business. This is different from a central or municipal wastewater treatment facility which receives wastewater from other locations for


Groundwater Discharges Section

The Groundwater Discharges Section oversees all aspects of the siting, design and installation of onsite wastewater treatment and disposal systems (known as septic systems).

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Ping Wang Groundwater Discharges Section Manager 302-739-9948



Division of Water Contacts

Virgil R. Holmes, Director Richardson and Robbins Building 89 Kings Highway Dover, DE 19901 302-739-9949
Environmental Laboratory Sergio Huerta, M.D. Laboratory Administrator 302-739-9942



State Regulated Wetlands Map Index

To determine if you have state-regulated tidal wetlands on your property, browse or search the index map to find and download maps of state-regulated wetlands. [giciframe


Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Permits

Authorization from the Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section is required for activities in tidal wetlands or in tidal and non-tidal waters in the State of Delaware. The Section issues various types of authorizations depending upon the location and type of activity proposed. Learn more about what is regulated. Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands


Are There Wetlands on My Property?

The State of Delaware and the federal government both have laws and regulations that govern wetlands, but they use different methods for determining the location and extent of the wetlands they regulate. You can download maps of state-regulated wetlands, or DNREC staff may be able to help you determine if there are state-regulated wetlands on


What’s Regulated?

The state regulates activities in tidal wetlands and in tidal and non-tidal waters in the State of Delaware. The Wetlands Delaware regulates all of its tidal wetlands as well as those non-tidal wetlands that include 400 or more contiguous acres under the Delaware Wetlands Act (7 Del. Code, Chapter 66) and


Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands

The Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section provides permitting services for activities in Delaware’s wetlands, bays, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and other waterways that might require a permit under state law. These activities include marina construction and operation, and construction of docks and piers, shoreline stabilization projects, dredging, filling, bridge or culvert construction, utility crossings of


Board of Certification for Wastewater Operators

The Board of Certification For Operators of Wastewater Treatment Facilities was created to advise and assist the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in the administration of the Delaware Licensed Wastewater Operator certification program.

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Wastewater Operator Certification

All wastewater treatment facilities in Delaware must be operated under the direct supervision of a Delaware Licensed Wastewater Operator. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control administers the certification program with advice and assistance from the Board of Certification For Operators of Wastewater Facilities.
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Land Treatment of Waste

Certain by-products of wastewater treatment, known as biosolids, and non-hazardous residuals from solid waste treatment, can be used, under certain circumstances, in limited agricultural applications or as landfill. These uses are governed by the Guidance and Regulations Governing the Land Treatment of Wastes (7 DE Admin. Code 7103).



Construction of Wastewater Facilities

The Surface Water Discharges Section issues permits to construct facilities that will store, collect, convey or treat sewerage and other wastewaters. Permits are issued to safeguard the environment and ensure that the facilities are designed to manage the wastes properly.

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Bryan Ashby


Aquatic Pesticides

The application of pesticides onto Delaware surface water requires a permit from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Permits for this activity are part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).



Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems

Stormwater runoff from urban and industrial areas can contain harmful pollutants. To help keep these pollutants from being washed or dumped into surface waters, operators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (known as MS4s) must get a permit and develop a stormwater management program.
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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Department of Agriculture jointly manage the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) NPDES permitting program.
NPDES Permit Programs


National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulates point sources that discharge pollutants into the waters of Delaware. It helps ensure that the state’s water bodies can meet their designated uses, such as providing drinking water, being safe for swimming or fishing, or supporting aquatic life.



Surface Water Discharges Section

The Surface Water Discharges Section issues permits for industrial and municipal wastewater treatment systems, including stormwater treatment, which discharge into Delaware’s surface waters. It also regulates the management of wastewater sludge. The Section licenses wastewater treatment operators and provides technical assistance and training to help wastewater treatment facilities avoid problems.



Well and Water Use Permit Data

The Water Supply Section maintains a database of water well data derived from permit applications, well completion and abandonment reports. Data from this system is available from the Delaware Open Data Portal and by request to the Division of Water.

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Well Permits Branch


Water Supply Coordinating Council Meeting Archives

This page contains a collection of meeting materials for meetings of the Water Supply Coordinating Council between 2008 and 2010. Meeting materials since that point are available on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar.
Agenda Minutes


Water Allocation

The Water Allocation Branch oversees major water withdrawals, greater than 50,000 gallons per day, from any surface water or groundwater source in Delaware.

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Patty Murray Branch Manager 302-739-9945
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Groundwater Protection

The Groundwater Protection Branch oversees groundwater protection efforts, the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program, and the Wellhead Protection Program.

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Matthew T. Grabowski Branch Manager 302-739-9945
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Water Well Licensing Board

The Water Well Licensing Board is established in Delaware’s Regulations For Licensing Water Well Contractors, Pump Installer Contractors, Well Drillers, Well Drivers, And Pump Installers to advise and assist the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) in the administration of the licensing program.



Water Conservation

This approach includes recommended water conservation ideas for a drought watch and for a drought warning. It also includes planned mandatory restrictions in the case of a drought emergency. Drought watches, warnings and emergencies in Delaware are declared by the Governor. Water Use Recommendations for Drought Watch Lawn and Turf Watering (including


Well Permits

The Well Permits Branch manages and issues well construction and use permits for wells that withdraw 50,000 gallons or less of water daily. The Branch inspects wells and licenses companies and individuals who construct wells and install and repair or service pumps in and for wells. And it maintains data on the construction and status


Water Supply Application and License Fees

Following are application and license fees for the DNREC Division of Water Water Supply section. Make checks out as payable to “Division of Water” unless otherwise noted. When an advertisement for a permit is required, the advertisement appears in Sunday newspapers, and is for a 15-day public comment period.



Construction of Monitor and Observation Wells

Monitor and observation wells constructed in Delaware shall conform to the requirements of the State of Delaware Regulations Governing the Construction and Use of Wells (1997). This document reiterates some of the requirements found in the regulations. It also establishes additional criteria for the design and construction of monitor and observation wells intended to assist


Water Supply Coordinating Council

The Water Supply Coordinating Council, established by the Delaware General Assembly (26 Del. Code, § 1305 – § 1308), works to continue water supply self sufficiency in northern New Castle County, and to develop and publish water supply plans for southern New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County.



Water Supply

The Water Supply Section issues well and water allocation permits, and licenses water well contractors. The section also oversees statewide drought management, groundwater quality monitoring, and wellhead and source water protection programs. The section works with the Delaware River Basin Commission to manage water withdrawal from the Delaware River.



Industrial Stormwater Runoff

The Industrial Storm Water Permitting Program is designed to prevent the contamination of storm water runoff from a facility by properly handling and storing materials.
NPDES Permit Programs


Individual NPDES Permits

An individual NPDES permit is tailored to a specific discharge and location. These are typically outfalls from municipal sewage treatment facilities or industrial plants that discharge to surface waters of Delaware. The NPDES permit specifies limitations, monitoring requirements, and other terms and conditions that the permittee must meet in order to be allowed to discharge. [column md=”5″


Division of Water

The Division of Water manages and protects Delaware’s water resources. It provides technical assistance, laboratory services, and regulatory guidance and implementation. And the Division performs applied research and provides educational services.

Water Supply




Environmental Finance

The DNREC Environmental Finance Office administers the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (also known as the Clean Water State Revolving Fund), making funding available to municipalities, private organizations, nonprofit organizations and private individuals.
Clean Water Initiative for Underserved Communities Governor Carney has signed the Clean Water


Non-Point Source Program Funding

The state provides loans to both public and private sector partners to support projects that help to reduce non-point source (NPS) pollution. Non-point source pollution is any pollution that originates from a diffuse source (such as an open field or a road) and is transported to surface or ground waters through leaching or runoff.


Division of Watershed Stewardship

The Division of Watershed Stewardship manages and protects the state’s soil, water and coastlines. It uses a comprehensive array of watershed-based programs to ensure proper stewardship of Delaware’s natural resources. The division protects and maintains the state’s shoreline and navigable waterways. It regulates changes to coastal and urban lands. It develops and implements innovative


Project Planning Advances

Funds are available to help municipal governments prepare to apply for loans for public wastewater and drinking water projects.

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Greg Pope, P.E DNREC Environmental Finance 97 Commerce Way, Suite 106 Dover, DE 19904 302-739-9941



Asset Management Incentive Program

Public wastewater and drinking water utilities can receive grants or loan interest rebates to develop and implement asset management plans to help keep their facilities in optimal working order.

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Greg Pope, P.E DNREC Environmental Finance 97 Commerce Way, Suite


Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund

The Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund provides low-interest loans and grants to municipalities, private organizations, nonprofit organizations and private individuals for projects that will improve water quality.
Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund 29 Delaware Code, §8003 (12) 67 Del. Laws, c. 291


Water Infrastructure Advisory Council

The Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) initiates, develops and recommends to the Delaware General Assembly projects for the planning, construction, repair, renovation or expansion of drinking water and wastewater facilities.

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Environmental Finance 97 Commerce Way, Suite 106


Stormwater Infrastructure Loans

The Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund provides loans for stormwater infrastructure projects as part of a 20% set-aside designed to provide funds for  green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements, or other environmentally innovative activities.

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Greg Pope, P.E


Publicly Owned Wastewater Treatment Projects

The state provides loans for the construction, repair and upgrading of municipal wastewater facilities. Loans come from the Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (also known as the Clean Water State Revolving Fund).

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Greg Pope, P.E DNREC Environmental Finance


Topic: Clean Water

Water runs through our lives and sustains us in many ways, from the most basic physical functions of our bodies to our mental and psychological well-being. We depend on water. We need it to be clean and plentiful.





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