NPDES Permits: Delaware City Wastewater Treatment Plant

Division of Water

Published: April 13, 2022
Comments Due: May 13, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Water, hereby gives notice that New Castle County Department of Public Works has applied for reissuance of its National Pollutant Discharge System (NPDES) Permit No. DE0021555 (State Number WPCC 3077F/74) to discharge treated wastewater from the Delaware City Wastewater Treatment Plant located at the Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware City, Delaware. The treatment plant treats domestic waste from residential areas for the Delaware City and North St. Georges, Governor Bacon Health Center and Gunning Bedford School. No industrial wastes are discharged to this facility. It has a single discharge (Outfall 001) of treated sanitary wastewater to the Delaware River. Wastewater treatment is provided by rotary drum screens, equalization tank, aeration cell, clarifiers, cloth disk filters and ultraviolet disinfection system. The waste sludge generated is conveyed to Wilmington Wastewater Treatment Plant for ultimate disposal.

Based on a preliminary staff review and application of lawful standards and regulations, the Department proposes to re-issue this permit, subject to certain effluent limitations and conditions. The proposed determinations are tentative. Persons wishing to comment upon or object to the proposed determinations are invited to submit same in writing to the Surface Water Discharges Section of the Division of Water, at the address listed below, no later than 30 days from this notice. All comments received prior to said date will be considered in the formulation of final determinations regarding this application.

A public hearing on the above will NOT be held unless the Secretary of DNREC receives a request by 4:30 pm on May 13, 2022, or if the Secretary determines that a public hearing is in the public interest. A request for a hearing shall be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the hearing. It must also show familiarity with the proposal and a reasoned statement of the permit’s probable impact.

The applications, fact sheets, and permits are available for inspection or copies may be obtained by contacting:

George Mwangi, P.E.
Surface Water Discharges Section
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901