New infrastructure and utilities make area viable for redevelopment
Aug 20 2013
SMYRNA, Del. – Today federal, state and local government officials celebrated an important milestone in an ambitious effort to provide quality utility services to the residents and business located in the northern part of Smyrna near Duck Creek.
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper joined Smyrna Town Mayor Joanne Masten in a ceremony officially opening the valve which allows drinkable water to flow across Duck Creek. The two were joined by representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), members of the community, and a host of senior town officials.
"This utility installation is critical for the redevelopment of northern Smyrna and greatly enhances the town's ability to expand and attract new businesses," said Mayor Masten. "This infrastructure will ultimately lead to increased employment opportunities and a better quality of life for Smyrna and surrounding residents."
"This water improvement project - which received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars, USDA Rural Development Loans, and state funding - is a great example of the federal, state and local government working together to make a smart infrastructure investment in Smyrna," said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. "Now, the community north of Duck Creek can have safe drinking water, making the area attractive to businesses, jobs and improving the economic vitality of Smyrna."With funding from the USDA and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Smyrna has been able to install water and sewer systems as well as electric conduits near Duck Creek into New Castle County. Future projects include the construction of a new sanitary pumping station with force mains, gravity sewer lines, and an elevated water tank.