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The staff at the Allen Harim wastewater treatment plant in Harbeson, Delaware, have been recognized for attaining a perfect record in 2017. Staff members, from left, are Kathy DePoorteer, Eldon Potts, Valdanio Vernet, Michael Sausé, Curtis Wright, Jeff Bailey and Dawn Bowles. | Allen Harim
on January 23, 2018

Allen Harim wastewater plant 100 percent compliant in 2017

Wastewater treatment staff at facility in Harbeson, Delaware, achieve perfect record

In the first full year of operation with an upgraded wastewater treatment plant, Allen Harim’s Harbeson, Delaware, processing plant has achieved 100 percent compliance with all discharge parameter listed in the NPDES permit, the company announced.

Allen Harim spent more than $8 million on Phase 1 of the treatment plant upgrade which was finished in late 2016. The new technology has been working so well that some of the parameters the company is required to test for produce results that are below their respective detection limits. The company is required to submit a monthly Discharge Monitoring Report to DNREC detailing all testing results. 

“This is proof that our investment has been worth it and I’m so proud of our team for their hard work in ensuring a perfect record,” said Joe Moran, President and CEO of Allen Harim. “Our next step of removing our treated effluent from Beaver Dam Creek and piping it to Artesian for land application will be an even better environmental outcome.”

The Phase 2 part of the project involves a partnership with Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc., an expert in wastewater issues. Construction permits were issued by DNREC last fall, and Artesian is building a pipeline from Allen Harim to their Northern Sussex Water Recycling Facility north of Milton, Del.

From there, Artesian will use the water for spray irrigation on agriculture land where crops need nutrients to grow. Using recycled water to irrigate crops helps save groundwater, and saves farmers from having to buy chemical fertilizers to add nutrients to the soil.

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