Writing a Letter to the Editor


One way to show support for clean water funding and legislation like HB270 is to let the public know how you feel! We encourage our Water Warriors to submit letters to the editor to local newspapers. These letters will help educate fellow residents and bring attention to the importance of clean water.

If you have any questions about the below basics on writing a letter to the editor, contact us, and we can help!

Here’s a few basic rules for crafting a letter to the editor:

  1. Most newspapers have maximum word counts for letter submissions. Keep your letter around 200-250 words.
  2. Be concise and focused; and be sure to stay on message. It’s ok if it takes a few drafts to really drill down your message.
  3. Double and triple check spelling and grammar in the letter.
  4. Be sure to include your personal reason for caring about clean water. Maybe it’s flooding, concerns over drinking water, or wanting to fish in your nearby waterway.
  5. Keep your message timely. If a local newspaper recently published a story about flooding in your town, that would be a great time to submit a letter to the editor as a response to the story and discuss why clean water funding is important to flood reduction. In the media world, anything longer than a few days is “old news.”
  6. Always include a name, phone number and email address at the end of your letter. Newspapers will follow up with an email or phone call to verify identity and confirm submission of the letter.

And some basic talking points:

  1. Share your personal story. Do you support funding for clean water because your house floods? Or you love to fish? Talk about what connects you with water!
  2. Clearly state support for additional, dedicated, clean water funding in Delaware. Feel free to specifically notate support for HB270.
  3. Mention that clean water is essential and critical to the environment, public health and economy here in Delaware.

How to Submit a Letter to the Editor

These days, most letters are submitted electronically via email. The letter should be submitted within the body of the email (as opposed to an attachment) unless otherwise noted by the news outlet. If your letter is not published within a few weeks of submission, it’s ok to call the new outlet’s newsroom and inquire about the submission to ensure receipt of the letter.

Where to Submit the Letter to the Editor

When sending a letter, please use the corresponding email address listed for each publication you’d like to submit your letter to.

New Castle County
Delaware Online/ The News Journal: letters@delawareonline.com

Kent County
Delaware State News: newsroom@newszap.com

Sussex County
The Cape Gazette: newsroom@capegazette.com
The Coastal Point: darin.mccann@coastalpoint.com
Delmarva Now/ The Daily Times/Delaware Coast Press/ The Delaware Wave: opinions@delmarvanow.com
Milford Chronicle: mc@newszap.com

Member Spotlight: The Clean Water Rally’s Ocean Sponsor, Speakman

On June 6 2017, hundreds of clean water advocates rallied in Dover to celebratethe release of the Clan Water and Flood Abatement Task Force report and urge decision makers to support additional dedicated funding for water quality and flood abatement projects in Delaware. Our rally was a success thanks to ourattendees, exhibitors and sponsors. Here, we’re learning a bit more about the rally’s presenting “Ocean Sponsor,” Speakman!

In 1869, brothers Allen and Joseph Speakman opened a modest plumbing workshop in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. With a pioneering spirit and an unwavering dedication to craft, the brothers would design the world’s first adjustable shower head, as well as a full assortment of hospitality, commercial, emergency, and home plumbing products.

A lot has changed since then, but Speakman’s passion for quality and performance has remained the same. Family-owned and operated for nearly 150 years, Speakman’s team has remained small by design to focus on what they do best. From solid brass shower heads to reliable emergency equipment, each fixture has been meticulously engineered to deliver the greatest experience imaginable.

And that experience extends well into their water-saving fixtures. Over the past few years, Speakman engineers began developing revolutionary low flow shower heads that would save water without sacrificing an ounce of performance.

The Speakman Reaction Shower Head, which features a patented turbine-powered engine, infuses energy and velocity into each spray. The result is a powerful, pulsating sensation that uses at least 20% less water and outperforms competitor models in both force and thermal retention.

Additionally, Speakman introduced their new Echo Low Flow Shower Head, which features 3 unique spray settings to deliver a versatile, satisfying shower experience while saving water at the same time.

To further raise awareness for water conservation not only nationally but regionally as well, Speakman began partnering with local organizations up and down Delaware. For the 2nd year in a row, Speakman will be the lead sponsor of the Dogfish Dash, an 8k race thrown by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery to benefit local conservation efforts. Each year, Speakman also donates over 400 low flow shower heads to the Firefly Music Festival to deliver sustainable, powerful showers to concert goers. And in 2017, Speakman was thrilled to join the Clean Water Alliance, a coalition to improve the quality of Delaware’s water.

“Water is everything to us,” says Robert Knoll, President and CEO of Speakman. “It influences every decision we make as a company. And we believe it’s so important to not only use water responsibly, but also ensure we preserve and protect it as well.”

Today, Speakman showers and faucets are enjoyed daily in households and preferred by guests in luxury hotel and resorts such as Wynn and Marriott. Speakman emergency showers and eyewashes, as well as commercial faucets and valves are specified in facilities ranging from hospitality and healthcare to manufacturing and education. In addition, Speakman can be found on Amazon, Ferguson, Grainger, HD Supply, Home Depot and Lowes. To learn more about Speakman, visit www.speakman.com.