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Wastewater surfacing off Donovans Road, DNREC violation

by DrewLUD

Looking south on Donovans Road in Lewes, there’s Jeri DeMoss’s home, the Lewes Georgetown Trail, then Savannah Road Center, where businesses such as Teller Wines and the Lewes Diner lease space.

“When the wind blows in this direction, it burns all around my mouth,” DeMoss said. “It smells like an outhouse. It’s been horrible.”

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control issued Savannah Road Center LLC, care of Howard and Jacqueline Ritter of Harbeson, a notice of violation for unauthorized discharge July 26.

The notice said the department saw wastewater and grease trap contents surfacing above the Savannah Road Center septic system Jan. 15, 2021, and since then, no formal documentation of repairs or planned repairs had been received.

Savannah Road Center, at the corner of Savannah and Donovans roads in Lewes, July 29.

“The exposure of untreated wastewater to the public is a significant public health hazard,” the notice stated.

The Ritters could not be reached by phone. 

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A small area of the Savannah Road Center property, between the center and the Lewes Georgetown Trail, was fenced off in a semi-circle Thursday, July 29. The unfenced side is flush against the brush along the Lewes Georgetown Trail, where the topography flows downhill. 

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service