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Lewes mobile home park issued another untreated wastewater violation

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Untreated wastewater continues to flow at Donovan Smith Manufactured Home Community in Lewes, leading the the state to issue the property owner another notice of violation. But residents who say they’ve been dealing with the problem for years and complaining to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for just as long are turning to others for help.

Delaware Community Legal Aid Society Inc., more commonly known as CLASI, confirmed it is working with a group of Donovan Smith residents to “explore legal options.”

“It’s a terrible situation that’s been allowed to develop, and something has to be done,” said CLASI’s Colton Fleu.

Donovan-Smith MHP and Kenneth Burnham of Pittsville, New York, are named in DNREC’s notices of violation. Burnham had not responded by Wednesday to repeat calls and emails.

What the state is doing

Terry and Sam Saunders talk about the septic issues they've been having at Donovan Smith Mobile Home Park Friday, July 9, 2021, in Lewes, Delaware.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control issued Donovan-Smith MHP LLC and Burnham a notice of violation July 8, citing untreated wastewater surfacing from the park’s main septic system.

That notice required the property owner to:

  • Pump septic systems within five days and at least every three days thereafter.
  • Submit pumping records within 14 days and monthly thereafter.
  • Within 30 days, submit a detailed plan to connect to the Lewes sewer system.

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