A Message from Mayor Mike Purzycki
I ask all Wilmington residents to take care of each other – taking special care of our elderly and infirm neighbors – and be mindful of your own actions during this uncertain and unsettling time. We want everyone to stay safe from the effects of the novel coronavirus, and not to contribute to the spread of this deadly illness. This includes following the advice of medical experts, such as washing your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and maintain social distancing while limiting personal interactions as much as possible.
All of us in public service around the state are taking our guidance from Governor John Carney and his excellent team of health care and emergency management experts, who continue to provide valuable information each day as this emergency unfolds. I urge all City residents and businesses to follow the directives of the Governor’s Office while we remain under a declared state of emergency.
COVID-19 in Wilmington: Week in Review
5/29/2020 2:30:00 PM
Mayor Purzycki’s Revised Fiscal Year 2021 Budget is Approved
5/28/2020 8:00:00 PM
Three Local Animal Shelters to Host FREE Drive-Thru Pantry Event on Friday to Provide Pet Food to Families in Need
5/27/2020 12:30:00 PM
COVID-19 in Wilmington: Week in Review
5/22/2020 4:00:00 PM
Nearly 20,000 FREE Washable, Reusable Face Masks will be Distributed on Saturday in Wilmington
5/21/2020 2:00:00 PM
Stagnant, or standing water can cause conditions that increase the risk for growth and spread of bacteria in building plumbing systems. When water is stagnant, hot water temperatures can decrease to the Legionella growth range (77–108°F, 25–42°C). Stagnant water can also lead to low or undetectable levels of chlorine, the disinfectant the City of Wilmington uses to prevent the growth of bacteria in the water distribution system.
To ensure the safety of your building water system and devices after a prolonged shutdown please follow these steps:
- Ensure your water heater is properly maintained and the temperature is correctly set
- Determine if your manufacturer recommends draining the water heater after a prolonged period of disuse. Ensure that all maintenance activities are carried out according to the manufacturer’s instructions or by professionals.
- Make sure that your water heater is set to at least 120°F
- Higher temperatures can further reduce the risk of Legionella growth, but ensure that you take measures to prevent scalding if you water heater is set to greater than 130°F
- Flush your water system
- Flush hot and cold water through all points of use (e.g., showers, sink faucets)
- Flushing may need to occur in segments (e.g., floors or individual rooms) due to facility size and water pressure. The purpose of building flushing is to replace all water inside building piping with fresh water.
- Flush until the hot water reaches its maximum temperature
- Clean all decorative water features, such as fountains
- Be sure to follow any recommended manufacturer guidelines for cleaning
- Ensure that decorative water features are free of visible slime or biofilm
- After the water feature has been re-filled, measure disinfectant levels to ensure that the water is safe for use
- Ensure cooling towers are clean and well-maintained
- Ensure that cooling towers are maintained (including start-up and shut-down procedures) per manufacturer’s guidelines and industry best practices
- Ensure that the tower and basin are free of visible slime or biofilm before use
- If the tower appears well-maintained, perform an online disinfection procedure
- Guidance on disinfection procedures from the Cooling Technology Institute: http://www.cti.org/downloads/WTP-148.pdf
- Ensure safety equipment including fire sprinkler systems, eye wash stations, and safety showers are clean and well-maintained
- Regularly flush, clean, and disinfect these systems according to manufacturers’ specifications.
- Larger buildings such as hotels, health care facilities, or facilities with hot tubs require a more detailed plan and should develop a comprehensive water management program (WMP)
For more detailed information please refer to the CDC Guidance for Building Water Systems: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html
City Services and Programs that are Suspended Indefinitely
- Sheriff sales
- Water disconnections for delinquencies
- Neighborhood street cleaning that was to begin April 1 so residents, many of whom are working from home, do not have to move their vehicles to accommodate street cleaning equipment
- Special trash pickups
- Ticketing, booting and towing except for serious infractions such as blocking fire hydrants, intersections and driveways
- Parking enforcement for metered parking as well as limited time parking in neighborhoods
City Services and Programs that are Delayed
- The April 15 filing for net profits taxes is delayed until July 15. Read the Department of Finance Executive Order 2020-1.
The City of Wilmington is asking residents to avoid flushing sanitation wipes even if the package states they are flushable. Other alternatives to toilet paper, including paper towels and facial tissues, also should not be flushed in local sewer lines as people practice guidelines to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While the flushable wipes concern is not new to wastewater facilities, there is an increased risk to our system due to the current shortage of toilet paper.
The City is working closely with Veolia North America, which operates and maintains the wastewater treatment plant, to educate people about the need to avoid flushing inappropriate items down their toilets.
We ask that our community members pay extra attention to what items they are using and flushing and remind you not to flush anything other than toilet paper, whether being used for personal hygiene purposes or for wiping and cleaning surfaces. Although many so-called disposable hand wipes are advertised as being safe for flushing, in reality they can cause backups in the system and contribute to the buildup of foreign materials. In some cases, they can attach to buildups of grease in the system and create large blockages called fatbergs.
Here are some items that should not be flushed down sewer lines:
- Paper towels
- Wet wipes/baby wipes
- Facial tissues
As a general reminder, here are Dos and Don’ts for avoiding backups in the local sewer lines:
- DO NOT flush wipes, gloves, towels or other trash down the toilet, even if they’re labeled flushable.
- DO NOT pour grease down kitchen sinks or toilets. Instead, put grease in a sealed non-recyclable container and throw it out with regular garbage.
- DO NOT use the sink as a toilet or the toilet as a garbage disposal. DO reduce and reuse by using compostable or reusable makeup applicators, like cotton balls, and cleaning supplies, like paper towels or rags.
- DO toss dirty baby, makeup and cleaning wipes, tampons, sanitary pads and condoms in the trash.
- DO recycle finished toilet rolls, cardboard packaging from toothpaste and brushes, and plastic packaging from shampoos and shower gels.
Thank you for helping to keep our community and facilities clean and functioning.
WPD Request Regarding 911The Wilmington Police Department is asking the public to use 911 for emergencies only, and not for non-emergency questions related to the coronavirus.
The City’s daily distribution of meals to children and teenagers totals more than 30,000 meals so far at the following locations around the city:
|3rd and Connell Park||3rd and Connell Streets||10:00 – 11:30 a.m.|
|4thand Rodney Tot Lot||300-398 North Rodney Street||Noon – 2:00 p.m.|
|Ark South Learning Center||601 South Heald Street||10:00 – 11:30 a.m.|
|Ark Summer Camp||534 Vandever Avenue||10:00 – 11:30 a.m.|
|Beacon of Hope||4001 North Market Street||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Brown Chihocki Park||9th Avenue and Duncan Streets||Noon – 12:30 p.m.|
|Clifford Brown Walk||Clifford Brown Walk and 9th Street||10:00 – 11:30 a.m.|
|Eastlake Park||30th and North Madison Streets||10:30 a.m. – Noon|
|Father Tucker Park||9th and North Scott Streets||Noon – 2:00 p.m.|
|Helen Chambers Park||6th and North Madison Streets||Noon – 2:00 p.m.|
|Howard High School||1300 Clifford Brown Walk||10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Johnny’s Market Parking Lot||1116 Maryland Avenue||10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Kingswood Community Center||2300 Bowers Street||Noon – 2:00 p.m.|
|Kosciusko Park||South Broom and Maple Streets||Noon – 2:00 p.m.|
|LJ’s Playpen Academy, Inc.||2601 Carter Street||Noon – 2:00 p.m.|
|Michael’s Playground||Stroud and Wright Streets||12:45 – 1:15 p.m.|
|Neighborhood House Inc. Southbridge||1218 B Street||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|One Love Park||24th and Tatnall Streets||10:30 a.m. – Noon|
|Police Athletic League||3707 North Market Street||10:00 – 11:30 a.m.|
|West End Neighborhood House||710 North Lincoln Street||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center||501 North Madison Street||Tue/Thu 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.|
|Woodlawn Library||2020 West 9th Street||10:00 – 11:30 a.m.|
|Youth Empowerment||1009 Sycamore Street||Mon/Wed/Fri 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Tue/Thu 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Two respite locations for homeless individuals are open:
- at the parking lot of Sts. Andrew and Matthew on Orange Street between 7th and 8th Streets, and
- at the St. Patrick’s Center on 14th Street between King and French Streets
The City is still open and conducting business to the best of our ability. However, to help limit exposure to the virus by City workers as well as members of the public, if you do have to conduct business with the City we ask that you do via telephone by calling (302) 576-2620, or here on the City's website.
Please stay informed and protect yourself and others while doing what you can to support the many members of our community who are struggling. The economic impacts of this pandemic will be felt for a long time to come, so if you can, consider supporting those in the hospitality industry by ordering a take-out meal until bars and restaurants are permitted to reopen, or support your favorite artist or musician by purchasing merchandise from their website or perhaps contributing to an emergency fund. You can even lend a hand – or request assistance – through Facebook community groups like The Helpers: Delaware Pandemic Response.We are all in this together, and working together as a community, we will get through this. Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation.