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Answers about the Ocean Outfall Project

Updated: Mar 14, 2018 4:19 AM
By Brianne Talocka/WRDE


(REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.) - The Ocean Outfall Project should be complete by June 1. The city needed to extend it because of bad weather conditions.

Recently a contractor ran into cobble while installing a pipe underneath the water, so a new hole was drilled and another pipe was installed, however, this did not delay the completion date.

"I'm really so happy about our contractors and our engineers. They've been working daily and until late hours into the night to make this project work on a timely basis," says Mayor Paul Kuhns.

Some people thought the purified wastewater should go to a field for irrigation, but project engineers were afraid the water wouldn't sink into the soil when there was heavy rain.

Right now treated wastewater from the City of Rehoboth Beach goes into the Lewes-Rehoboth canal. It's been treated to remove bacteria, however, it has phosphates and nitrates that aren't good for the creatures living in the bay.

Once the ocean outfall project is complete, the treated wastewater will go over a mile out into the ocean.

"the phosphates are nitrates are diffused in such a fashion that they don't really affect the marine life," says Mayor Paul Kuhns.

Henlopen Avenue and Canal Street are currently closed so contractors can work. The city will repave the streets once everything is finished.



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