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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May I - May 7, 1998 Lewes BPW authorizes study to double treatment plant size By Dennis Forney Lewes Board of Public Works members voted at their Thursday, April 16 meeting to spend $27,000 for a study of how best to double the size of the town's wastewater treatment plant. They also instructed engineerG6orge O'Donnell of George, Miles and Buhr to apply for a $12,000 grant from the state to help offset the cost of the study. Members noted that the existing plant is nearing ca- l! pacity and development pressure will require that it be expanded in the not-too-distant future. The town's wastewater plant operator, Debbie Hubbard, noted that Neutl"oge the town's average daily flow of wastewater has been SHOgER GEL creeping up. "It was 480,000 gallons per day in 1995 and was up to 550,000 gallons per day in 1997," said Hubbard. "In June, July and August the flow peaks at around 660,000 gallons per day. It's tough to have con- sistent plant performance when the flows are as erratic as EACH they are with those summer surges." O'Donnell suggested that BPW members, in consider- ing an expanded plant, look at the removal of nitr0gen GIFT and phosphorus from incoming wastewater to meet ac- ceptable levels. "The city's not under any consent order at this time to do that but is required to monitor those lev- els," said O'Donnell. "Because of the Inland Bays and the pfiesteria outbreak last summer, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is looking to mandate removal of nitrogen and phospho-  rous before it gets to receiving waters. If we really look \\;( at biological nutrient removal (BNR), it will affect the rest of the plant operation." 'Td say that by the time we apply for our next dis- I JOvAN" I l charge permit we'll have to meet some sort of removal standard," said Hubbard. WHrl MUSK SET FLOWER PLANTER KIT "We might be jumping the gun at this point by looking at nitrogen and phosphorus removal," said BPW member Jim Bell. "We wouldn't be jeopardizing our funding un- less they told us to do it, would we? Besides that, if the EACH EACH money's not there, they can require all they want. If you can't do it, you can'tdo it." "I don't see where there's enough substantive data to look at BNR now," said BPW member Charles Hood. "'Probably's not convincing for me." Another George, Miles and Buhr engineer said that when Lewes tells the state it wants to expand from 750,000 gallons to 1.5 million gallons "they're going to tell you they want a higher level." When all was said and done, BPW members instructed :,v:tyut:,.   ._ ,..-,1=_i I the engineers to prepare a study on enlarging the existing [f el;, 9d, facility, without BNR, but.to prepare an addendum to the SALON & EXPRESS study outlining how BNR would be achieved if it were WEAR NAIL POUSH SAMPLER KIT required. Nitrogen and phosphorous are being increasingly tar- geted as sources of pollution that lead to excessive algae blooms in coastal waters, which in turn leads to degraded wrrH COUPON EACH water quality. SPECIAL SAVINGS GOOD THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 10, 1998 Lewes has a permit to dump its treated wastewatr into Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. Studies show that most of the treated wastewater from Lewes eventually empties into ] ] Delaware Bay, where pollution problems from nitrogen  , REVLON I and phosphorus are nowhere near as extensive as in the SUPER LUSTROUS UPS'riCK | state's inland bays. MOON DROPS OR TIMEUNER " r S#d.E PRICE... I Lewes election I r.,s COU,00C,H I Continued from page 21 ' , _ ..__ . _._li  CamrONPtS/lOmm s  keeping Lewes a real comfortable place to live. They re  - -- ,- ,., u.., watching developmentl that's encroaching and they don't want it to go haywire, said Tsantes. "They're also con- cerned about safety on the streets and enforcement of traffic laws. 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