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Drinking Water Source -Potential Risk


Univ. OF Delaware

This Fueling Station site slopes down to our Wellhead Protection Area and Sarah Run.

Sussex County Comprehensive Plan says:

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7.2.3 Water Supply Protection

  • "DNREC oversees the state’s Source Water Assessment and Protection Program (SWAPP) . . . "
  • "Under DNREC regulations, assessments have been completed of the vulnerability from contamination of each water system. DNREC provides assessment reports to water systems and the Delaware Health and Social Services Department’s Office of Drinking Water. "
  • "One of the best ways to avoid contamination of important water supply wells is to avoid intensive industrial and commercial development that uses hazardous substances in adjacent areas. Once toxic substances enter an aquifer, they can be extremely difficult to contain the contamination and to remove the substances from the water. " :

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The map on this site shows the current and historic contamination sites in Delaware and in the box it reads:

Why is Source Water Protection Important?

  • - 100% of Kent and Sussex County residents rely on ground water as their source of drinking water.
  • - Contaminated ground water is difficult and very expensive to clean up. Local communities are often left to bear the cost of well replacement or water treatment.
  • - Groundwater contamination can devalue real estate, cause the businesses to relocate, and may result in high utility fees.

Protection should start with being proactive -

 " by not only removing potential hazards, but also by not placing them there in the first place."