Lewes, Del., Renews Severn Trent Contract

Lewes, Del., has renewed its operation and maintenance contract with Severn Trent Services for the town’s 1.5-million-gallon-per-day wastewater system. Serving the town’s seaside population of 3,000, the partnership is valued at $450,000 per year.

According to the company's press release, its technical specialists has worked with the Lewes Board of Public Works since the inception of the partnership in 2002 to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharge permit that would not require the relocation of the effluent discharge from the Lewes Rehoboth canal.

In 2005, the town began construction on a new facility -- the Howard H. Seymour Water Reclamation Plant -- incorporating membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology. Working with the company, the plant was completed at approximately half the cost of the original concept that would have required spray irrigation of the effluent. The new MBR facility, dedicated in April 2008, is the first of its kind in Delaware, the press release stated.