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DELAWARE RIVER BASIN COMMISSION APPROVES WATER WITHDRAWAL

 WEST TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has approved an application from Wilmington Suburban Water Corporation to increase its withdrawal from White Clay Creek from 16 million gallons a day (mgd) to 30 mgd.
 The action was taken Wednesday, Aug. 4, at a commission meeting in Malvern, Pa.
 As a condition of the approval, the commission is requiring Wilmington Suburban to phase in over a three-year period a passby flow requirement to help protect the creek from environmental stress.
 During that period, whenever the flow in the White Clay drops below 47.2 million gallons a day, Wilmington Suburban, if it is to withdraw the full 30 mgd, must release water from an upstream reservoir (Hoopes) to maintain a downstream flow of 17.2 mgd at its intake near Stanton, Del.
 If the minimum flow requirement can't be met, the water utility must impose mandatory water use restrictions throughout its service area which takes in a major portion of northern New Castle County.
 After the three years, when the streamflow at the Stanton intake drops below 17.2 mgd, no water can be withdrawn and the entire natural flow must be allowed to pass unless:
 -- Excess water is created by incoming tides.
 -- Water is released from Hoopes Reservoir to make up for what is withdrawn at the Stanton intake on a gallon-for-gallon basis.
 Wilmington Suburban Water Corporation uses two surface water supply sources located on both the White Clay Creek and the Christina River. The utility has 13 interconnections with other water purveyors, including a hookup which permits a transfer of 2 mgd of water from neighboring Delaware County, Pa.
 The request for the increased water withdrawal from White Clay Creek was unanimously approved by the commission, comprised of representatives from the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and the federal government. Genesis of the agreement occurred at a meeting called by the commission with representatives from the Delaware Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy, Wilmington Suburban Water Corporation and the city of Wilmington.
 Alan J. Farling, Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper's representative to the DRBC, heartily thanked the commission for the action taken, as did representatives from Wilmington Suburban.
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 /CONTACT: Christopher Roberts of the Delaware River Basin Commission, 609-883-9500, ext. 205/


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