Public Hearing: Artesian Wastewater Management

Division of Water

Published: Oct. 28, 2020
Comments Due: Dec. 2, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Water will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-P-W-0026) on a construction permit application and associated draft permit regarding Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc.’s wastewater infrastructure and an on-site wastewater treatment and disposal system permit modification for the Beaver Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc.’s Wastewater Facilities Construction Application and Draft Permit (WPCC 3007/20)

Artesian proposes to construct approximately eleven thousand seven hundred and thirty-five linear feet (11,735 LF) of twelve (12) inch diameter force main from their existing twelve (12) inch diameter force main at the intersection of the Lewes-Georgetown Highway (Rt. 9) and Gravel Hill Road (Rt. 30), continuing west on Rt. 9 to the Steiner Road intersection, continuing south on Steiner Road approximately one thousand five hundred (1,500) feet to the railroad tracks, and then continuing approximately three thousand five hundred (3,500) feet along the railroad tracks to the Park Avenue intersection in Sussex County. The purpose of this force main extension is to allow a future twelve (12) inch diameter Sussex County force to interconnect with the proposed Artesian force main on Park Avenue. This interconnection will allow Sussex County to utilize the Artesian Beaver Creek WWTP for some of their customers in this area.

Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc.’s Beaver Creek WWTP On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal System Draft Permit Modification (No. 359014-06)

The Division of Water is hereby noticing its determination to modify Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc.’s Beaver Creek WWTP On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal System Operations Permit. The Permit authorizes the treatment of domestic wastewater in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) treatment system and discharge of treated wastewater (effluent) into six (6) rapid infiltration basins (RIBs) for final disposal. The proposed draft permit modification enhances notification and reporting requirements to the Division for the interconnections.

The virtual public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, beginning at 6 p.m. The web link to the virtual meeting is found on the DNREC Public Hearings site at If prompted for a password, please use BeaverCreek. To access the audio-only portion of the virtual hearing, dial 1-408-418-9388 and enter event code 173 882 8596. Closed-captioning is available by request if made at least 7 days before the event.

Those wishing to offer verbal comments during DNREC virtual public hearings must pre-register no later than noon on the date of the virtual hearing at or by telephone at 302-739-9295.

The Department will accept public comment through the close of business on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Comments pertaining to the above matter will be accepted in written form via email to, using the online form at, or by U.S. mail to the following address:

Lisa A. Vest, Hearing Officer
Office of the Secretary
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901