Artesian Water Company has received the state’s OK to amend a construction permit for a new wastewater storage facility north of Milton.
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin gave the approval Friday.
The order allows Artesian to change a 2013 construction permit so poultry giant Allen Harim can send its treated wastewater to a new large storage lagoon and several spray fields.
The original permit was intended for small storage lagoons and a wastewater plant to serve a planned development called 'The Village of Elizabethtown".
Artesian still needs an operating permit before Allen Harim can send them their wastewater. There will be another set of hearings for that permit in the coming months.
If they get the go-ahead, Allen Harim will be able to send Artesian close to 2 million gallons of treated wastewater per day.
Artesian will then spray it onto several fields in Milton.
Dozens of Milton residents have opposed the plan - worried that their wells risk being contaminated by the water.
Editor's Note: Delaware Public Media’s Katie Peikes has been looking into this plan and will be producing several stories on it over the next few weeks.