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Posted on: October 27, 2022

Day-to-Day Administration of Sanitary Sewer Inspections to Transfer to AECOM

The New Castle County Department of Public Works is responsible for inspection of all sanitary sewer systems and connections installed on private property, both in cases where the sewers may be accepted by New Castle County and where sewers are proposed to remain in private ownership. These responsibilities have primarily been addressed directly by County staff, but effective October 31, 2022, New Castle County will transition the day-to-day administration of sanitary sewer inspections to AECOM. AECOM is an engineering and construction management firm with a local office in Newark, Delaware and a long history working with the County on many sanitary sewer projects, including inspections of sanitary sewer improvements. 

This transition will not change applicable construction standards or New Castle County’s role in final approvals. The County’s commitment to ensuring efficient processes for developers and contractors while also protecting the needs of current and future residents is unchanged, and AECOM will work under County direction to further this commitment. 

AECOM will assume responsibility for inspecting ongoing projects, and will also support the County with inspection oversight for all new projects, including, but not limited to: 

  • Preconstruction meetings; 
  • Start of (or resumption of) sewer construction on a project; 
  • Addressing any unsafe work conditions, including inadequate traffic control measures; 
  • Mandatory acceptance testing; and Final inspection (after receipt of satisfactory as-built plans). 

Starting on the October 31, 2022 transition date, land developers and contractors installing sanitary sewer should contact AECOM’s lead inspector, Cole Katzmire, via email [email protected] or phone # 302-598-6364 to schedule an inspection or for assistance with questions regarding inspection requirements. Inquiries can also be directed to Stan Corbett at AECOM via email [email protected] or phone # 302-318-2591. Use the Engineering Services Number 302-395-5740 as a back-up. 

Additional information will be provided to assist land developers and contractors as this transition progresses.