Sussex County Wants Greater Say in Private Sewer Systems

Oct 2, 2013

Sussex County Council
Credit Sussex County Counci Website

The Sussex County Council wants a greater say in the myriad of individual sewer systems spread out across the county.

The Council voted unanimously early last month to tell that Public Service Commission that it wants all of the unincorporated land in Sussex County to be considered a service territory that would be eligible for a county-run wastewater service.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Sussex County officials were disturbed by a wastewater utility’s claim of sewer-service rights for several scattered properties.

And they want to exert more control over the growth of privately built wastewater networks.

County Administrator Todd Lawson told the News Journal that the expansion of powers would give the county government an effective veto over plans by private utilities to expand into rural areas.