The Town of Bethany Beach has provided quality, potable water for our
community for over sixty years. Our current rate is considerably
lower than those paid by surrounding communities. The system
supplies over 3,300 customers in Bethany Beach, The Salt Pond (outside
Savannah's Landing (outside Town).
Our water department reads water meters and sends bills for water use on
April and October of each year. On a regular basis they collect
bacteria and fluoride samples from the distribution system. They
repair water leaks to the Town system and respond to all Miss Utility
locate requests (generally over 100 per month). Monthly reports
are submitted to the Delaware Office of Drinking water.
The Bethany Beach Town Water Company has been located on Collins Street
since 1979. In 1980 a standpipe was erected for water storage.
In 2005, Kercher Engineering prepared a
comprehensive water facility plan for the Town. This report
identified the need for additional water storage capacity.
In 2007, Kercher Engineering prepared a
water storage study for the Town and in 2009, Kercher Engineering updated the water storage study.
New Water Tower - In June, 2012 Hatch Mott McDonald prepared a report regarding water
storage and upon review, Kercher Engineering concured with Hatch Mott
McDonald's recommendation regarding the volume of a new tank.
The June 6, 2012 Kercher Engineering
water storage update provided a brief history of the engineering
studies created over the years as well as a recommendation for
The basic facts that we had no redundancy for water supply,
that the water tower format causes problems with water age and
the need to periodically dump thousands of gallons of water and the fact
that if we were to have a failure during the summer season, other local
water providers would be unable to provide the amount of water needed
for Bethany Beach properties caused us to consider alternatives to our
current water plant facility.
Additional information is available for those who wish to know more
than the basics.
On June 9, 2012 the Bethany Beach Town Council held a special meeting
to consider and receive public comment regarding the construction of a
new (additional) water tower at the Town of Bethany Beach Water Plant
facility on Collins Street. During this meeting a review of the
history and need were presented by Town Manager, Cliff Graviet, comments
were requested from the members of the public in attendance and many
spoke both for and against the proposed project.
On June 29, 2012, the Bethany Beach Town Council held a
special meeting for discussion and possible vote to determine the future
location of the Town's new (additional) water tower and to review staff
recommendations regarding the Collins Street site. A motion was
made to approve the construction of a water tower at the Town of Bethany
Beach Water Plant facility on Collins Street with the inclusion of the
The Town commissioned its engineer to create a storm water plan for the
entire Collins Street water plant and expects the plan be implemented as
soon as practical after the construction of the new water tower.
The Town again involved architects and engineers to work to decrease the
noise generated by the aerator at the water plant.
That a new fence is installed around the perimeter of the property at
the water plant to replace the unsightly chain link fence currently
Retention ponds be redesigned to be less obtrusive and placed further
away from existing property lines.
Where possible and where needed a "green" barrier be constructed at the
fence line to block views of the water plant.
Create a working group of local residents to assist in the selection of
new fencing for the perimeter of the property and a green barrier along
that fencing. Discussion by Town Council members was invited
following which the attending members of the community were asked if
they wished to address Council on this issue. At the
conclusion of discussion and comments a vote was taken and six Council
members voted to approve the motion. One Council member abstained
from the vote as the individual owns property adjacent to the water plant and
member of her community's board of directors.
The Town plans to borrow the money to pay for the installation of the
new (additional) water tower, which is expected to be of the water spheroid design type. Construction of the new water tower is
anticipated to begin in 2013.
On June 29, 2012, the Town Council held a Public Hearing during which public comment was requested on a resolution to
give notice to residents and property owners that the Town
Council proposes to borrow a sum of money to construct a new water
tower. Based on engineering cost estimates it is anticipated that
the Town will need to borrow
$ 3,000,000 or less in order to finance the construction of the new
water tower. We anticipate borrowing $ 2.6 million from the
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which is operated by the Delaware
Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health. The current
quoted rate of interest is 3% or less. The exact amount of
interest will be known at the time the loan is "locked".
The Town Council provided our citizens with
an opportunity to vote for or against approval of a loan for the new
water tower via a referendum held on September, 8,
2012. The referendum overwhelming passed with 979 votes "For" and
59 votes "Against". The loan will be obtained and construction