City of Wilmington addresses stormwater, wastewater issues with multi-faceted solution; rates to rise for first time in 12 years

Oct 9, 2020

WILMINGTON — The City of Wilmington is addressing a two-pronged problem with a multi-faceted solution.

Many people don’t realize there are two networks of pipes draining water from homes and businesses – one for wastewater and one for stormwater.

The sanitary sewer system collects wastewater from sinks, toilets, showers and tubs inside residences and businesses and delivers it to the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Nelson Avenue.

The stormwater collection system drains rainwater and snowmelt from properties and streets, sending the flow to Lytle Creek and its tributaries.

The two piping systems are not supposed to meet. But because of leaking pipes, improper connections, and other issues, a large amount of stormwater is getting into the sanitary sewer system.

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