Ellendale Area Residents Vote on Water Proposal

Sep 14, 2018

Credit Don Rush

Ellendale area residents will go to the polls tomorrow to determine whether a small area along North and South Old State road west of the city limits will turn to Artesian Resources for their water.

The move is part of an effort to deal with the high nitrate problem they have with their shallow wells.

Sussex County Engineer Hans Medlarz told the Wilmington News Journal that the referendum is for a far smaller district than the one that was sought last year.

That plan was defeated by a 13 vote margin and would have provided central water to about 200 residences.

He said that the contamination from nitrates and fecal coliform was largely the result of failing individual septic systems which were put in years ago.