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Posted on: January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018 | Water Station Usage & Latest Results from Sweeney

CFPUA Water Station Usage

Every Monday and Friday, CFPUA staff read the meter at the free water station in Ogden Park to monitor how much water is being withdrawn from the station. Monday’s reading showed that a total of 41,211 gallons have been ...

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GenX Information
Posted on: January 25, 2018

CFPUA Update: January 25, 2018 | UNCW's January Report

UNCW Provides Monthly Update on Research

UNCW, in partnership with CFPUA, began work in August to identify unregulated compounds in the river. UNCW releases monthly updates on their progress.

CFPUA continues to work closely with the faculty at UNCW to under...

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GenX Information
Posted on: January 22, 2018

CFPUA Update: January 22, 2018 | WATER STATION USAGE & GENX RESULTS

WATER STATION USAGE

Every Monday and Friday, CFPUA staff read the meter at the free water station in Ogden Park to monitor how much water is being withdrawn from the station. Monday’s reading showed that a total of 39709 gallons have been withdra...

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GenX Information
Posted on: January 18, 2018

CFPUA Update: January 18, 2018 | NEW GENX RESULTS FROM THE SWEENEY WATER TREATMENT PLANT

New GenX Results From the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant

We have received the results for January 8, 2018 from our on-going GenX testing at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. Levels of GenX continue to remain below the DHHS health goal of 140 parts per tril...

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GenX Information
Posted on: January 11, 2018

CFPUA Update: January 11, 2018 | BLACK & VEATCH SUBMITS MONTHLY UPDATE ON SWEENEY PILOT TEST

Black & Veatch Submits Monthly Update on Sweeney Pilot Test

Black & Veatch, the firm CFPUA has contracted to design and manage the ongoing pilot test at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant, has provided its project update for the month of December 2017. ...

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GenX Information
Posted on: January 8, 2018

CFPUA Update: January 8, 2018 | CFPUA Receives New GenX Results from Sweeney Water Treatment Plant

CFPUA Receives New GenX Results From the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant

We have received the results for December 28 from our on-going GenX testing at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. Levels of GenX continue to remain below the DHHS health goal of 140. pp...

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Posted on: January 5, 2018

CFPUA Update: January 5, 2018 | CFPUA Staff take Additional Measures to Winterize Water Station

CFPUA Staff Take Additional Measures to Winterize Water Station

The inclement weather affecting Wilmington and New Hanover County has impacted CFPUA’s water station at Ogden Park. After receiving notice that customers were unable to take water fr...

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GenX Information
Posted on: December 29, 2017

CFPUA Update: December 29, 2017 | Federal Organizations Directed to Conduct Study on PFAS

Federal Organizations Directed to Conduct Study on PFAS

As part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) were directed to conduct a study...

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GenX Information
Posted on: December 22, 2017

CFPUA Update: December 20, 2017 | A Note to Our Community

A Note to Our Community

As 2017 wraps up, CFPUA would like to take the opportunity to thank our customers, and members of the community, who rallied around the issue of water quality in the Cape Fear Region this year. The hard work of local officials, envi...

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GenX Information
Posted on: December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017 | Ogden Park Water Station Update & Latest Results

Ogden Park Water Station Update

The Ogden Park water station remains open and accessible to residents even during cooler months. The water station is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm in Ogden Park, across from the tennis courts parking lot. The Ogden Park ...

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GenX Information
Posted on: December 18, 2017

CFPUA Update: December 18, 2017

CFPUA TO EXPAND ONGOING PILOT TEST AT SWEENEY WATER TREATMENT PLANT

This week, CFPUA will be integrating new types of Granular Activated Carbon and Ion Exchange media into the pilot test to measure their potential in removing PFAS. Additionally, testing wi...

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GenX Information
Posted on: December 15, 2017

CFPUA Update: December 15, 2017 | UNCW Provides Monthly Update on Research

UNCW Provides Monthly Update on Research

UNCW, in partnership with CFPUA, began work in August to identify unregulated compounds in the river. UNCW has released a monthly update on their progress. The project update reveals that two compounds have been ten...

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GenX Information
Posted on: December 13, 2017

CFPUA Update: December 13, 2017 | Understanding Costs Associated with GenX

Understanding Costs Associated with GenX 

CFPUA continues taking extra steps to ensure our customers receive the highest quality drinking water possible. As our response to unregulated compounds increases, so do our costs. The lack of information ...

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GenX Information
Posted on: December 11, 2017

CFPUA Update: December 11, 2017

CFPUA Attends Forum on Emerging Contaminants in the Cape Fear Region

Today, the University of North Carolina Wilmington hosted a workshop on Water Quality Research. The workshop was attended by representatives of CFPUA, the North Carolina Department of Env...

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GenX Information
Posted on: December 8, 2017

CFPUA Update: December 8, 2017

Black & Veatch Releases Update on CFPUA Pilot Test

Black & Veatch, the engineering firm contracted to administer the ongoing pilot test at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant, has released its monthly update on the pilot test results.

The monthly update s...

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GenX Information
Posted on: December 6, 2017

CFPUA Update: December 6, 2017

EPA Announces New Effort to Address PFAS

On Monday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new cross-agency program to address polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) such as GenX.  EPA’s new efforts will:

  • Identify ...
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GenX Information
Posted on: December 5, 2017

CFPUA Update: December 4, 2017

CFPUA Sends Second Request to NCDEQ for Information

This morning, CFPUA sent a letter to Secretary Michael Regan of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality requesting more information on the number and identities of unregulated contaminants ...

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GenX Information
Posted on: November 29, 2017

CFPUA Update: November 29, 2017

CFPUA Completes Removal of 50 Million Gallons of Water from Aquifer

In early August, after testing showed the presence of GenX in the Aquifer Storage and Recovery well, CFPUA decided to remove 50 million gallons of water containing the chemical from the aq...

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GenX Information
Posted on: November 27, 2017

CFPUA Update: November 27, 2017

CFPUA Water Station at Ogden Park to Continue Service

As temperatures drop, CFPUA staff is taking measures to ensure the water station remains open and accessible to residents. CFPUA advises that these measures may affect the appearance of the water statio...

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GenX Information
Posted on: November 20, 2017

CFPUA Update: November 20, 2017

CFPUA Receives First Results of Biosolids Testing

As reported in October, researchers at UNCW have developed a method to test biosolids for the presence of per-fluorinated compounds. Biosolids are highly treated by-products of the wastewater treatment proc...

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GenX Information
Posted on: November 17, 2017

CFPUA Update: November 17, 2017

CFPUA Statement on NCDEQ Enforcement Action

Yesterday, CFPUA learned that the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) is moving to revoke Chemours’ wastewater permit and suspending its permit to discharge process wastewater fro...

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GenX Information
Posted on: November 15, 2017

CFPUA Update: November 15, 2017

New GenX Results From the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant

We have received the results for October 31 from our on-going GenX testing at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. Levels of GenX continue to remain below the DHHS health goal of 140 ppt.

Statement on NC...

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GenX Information
Posted on: November 14, 2017

CFPUA Special Update: November 14, 2017

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)'s latest press release outlines a violation notice issued to Chemours. NCDEQ cites Chemours with violating conditions of its wastewater discharge permit due to an unreported chemical spill on Octo...

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

CFPUA Special Update: November 9, 2017

This afternoon, CFPUA learned that the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is taking enforcement action against Chemours. The action is in response to an increased concentration of GenX in its wastewater discharge, detected in early October...

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GenX Information
Posted on: November 8, 2017

CFPUA Update: November 8, 2017

CFPUA Releases Annual Report

This morning, Executive Director Jim Flechtner presented CFPUA’s 2017 Annual Report to the Board. The Annual Report highlights important projects and events from the year, in addition to providing financial informatio...

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GenX Information
Posted on: November 6, 2017

CFPUA Update: November 6, 2017

Aquifer Storage and Recovery Shows Decreasing Levels of GenX

On September 20, 2017, CFPUA began pumping water out of the Aquifer Storage and Recovery well to remove nearly 50 million gallons of water that contains GenX. We are 70 percent of the way to our ...

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

CFPUA Update: November 3, 2017

CFPUA Sends Letter To Secretary Regan Asking for Data on Unregulated Compounds in Cape Fear River

Yesterday afternoon, CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner sent a letter to North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) Secretary Michael Rega...

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GenX Information
Posted on: November 1, 2017

CFPUA Update: November 1, 2017

CFPUA Board Hears Recommendations For Upgrades to Sweeney Plant

In late August, CFPUA installed a pilot test at our Sweeney Water Treatment Plant to investigate the potential to remove unregulated compounds from the drinking water.

The plant, which takes wa...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 30, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 30, 2017

CFPUA Submits Public Records Request to DEQ

This morning, CFPUA sent a Public Records Request to the Department of Environmental Quality, while also asking the agency to completely satisfy our original June 19, 2017 request.

The Urgent Public Records Reques...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 27, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 27, 2017

New Tool To Help Residents Learn More About Drinking Water Regulations 

HDR, an international firm that plans and designs water treatment and delivery systems, has released its 15th edition of the Safe Drinking Water Act wall chart. The wall chart...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 25, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 25, 2017

CFPUA Staff to Present to House Select Committee on River Quality 

Tomorrow afternoon, Executive Director Jim Flechtner and Chief Operating Officer Frank Styers will present to the House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality. They will ...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 23, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 23, 2017

Water Quality Appropriations in HB 56 Have Benefits for Region

In early October, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 56—legislation that appropriated funds to CFPUA and UNCW to conduct studies on water quality in the Cape Fear R...

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Posted on: October 20, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 20, 2017

CFPUA Receives Preliminary Data from Sweeney Pilot Test

CFPUA has received data from the on-going pilot test at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. The pilot test, consisting of Granular Activated Carbon and Ion Exchange technologies, is measuring the effective...

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Posted on: October 18, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 18, 2017

Panel to Discuss Water Quality Issues at UNCW Tomorrow Evening

Tomorrow evening, several researchers working with CFPUA on water quality concerns will be participating in a panel at the Warwick Center on the campus of UNCW. The panel, sponsored by the East...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 17, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 17, 2017

CFPUA FILES Motion to Intervene In the Action Against Chemours

This afternoon, CFPUA filed a motion to intervene in the action in Bladen County Superior Court brought against Chemours by North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  C...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 16, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 16, 2017

CFPUA Takes Legal Action Against Chemours and Dupont

This afternoon, CFPUA is filing a complaint in federal district court, Eastern District of North Carolina, against Chemours and Dupont.

The federal complaint asserts CFPUA’s common law causes of...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 13, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 13, 2017

CFPUA Following Up on Recent Data from Dr. Knappe

Two weeks ago, Dr. Detlef Knappe shared his most recent data on unregulated compounds in the treated water from Sweeney Water Treatment Plant with CFPUA staff. The data, from samples taken in June and July,...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 11, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 11, 2017

CFPUA Receives Update on UNCW Study Progress

On Monday, CFPUA staff met with faculty members from UNCW to learn about their progress in identifying and quantifying compounds in the Cape Fear River. Researchers from the University are currently in the begin...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 13, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 9, 2017

A Look At CFPUA Water Quality Testing

In late June, Chemours announced that it would voluntarily stop discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River. While this was welcome news, CFPUA felt it was important for us to begin monitoring the levels ourselves, to en...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 6, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 6, 2017

CFPUA To Use $185,000 from HB 56 to Address Water Quality Concerns

On Wednesday, the North Carolina General Assembly passed HB 56—a bill that gives CFPUA $185,000 for the further study of GenX.

According to the bill, $100,000 of that money must be...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 6, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 4, 2017

CFPUA Representatives Presented Actions on GenX to Senate Select Committee Yesterday

Yesterday afternoon, representatives from CFPUA spoke at the meeting of the Senate Select Committee on North Carolina River Water Quality. Staff presented on the research ...

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GenX Information
Posted on: October 2, 2017

CFPUA Update: October 2, 2017

CFPUA Representatives to Present to Senate Select Committee Tomorrow

Representatives from CFPUA have been asked to speak tomorrow at the meeting of the Senate Select Committee on North Carolina River Water Quality. The meeting will be held at 2:00pm in Ral...

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GenX Information
Posted on: September 29, 2017

CFPUA Update: September 29, 2017

Dr. Knappe Shares Latest Results with CFPUA

Late yesterday, CFPUA received an email from Dr. Detlef Knappe regarding on-going testing of unregulated compounds at the EPA lab in Research Triangle Park. The new results from June and July show estimated level...

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GenX Information
Posted on: September 27, 2017

CFPUA Update: September 27, 2017

Representatives from CFPUA To Speak to House Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, Mike Brown, Chairman of the Board, and Frank Styers, Chief Operating Officer, will give a presentation to the House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality in Raleig...

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GenX Information
Posted on: September 26, 2017

CFPUA Update: September 25, 2017

Accelerated Column Test for GenX Filtering May Provide Valuable Data More Quickly

In addition to the on-going pilot tests at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant, CFPUA is also utilizing a test method called an Accelerated Column Test (ACT) to measure the potenti...

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GenX Information
Posted on: September 22, 2017

CFPUA Update: September 22, 2017

CFPUA to Present to House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality

On Thursday, September 28, CFPUA is scheduled to send representatives to speak before the House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality regarding actions it is taking relat...

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GenX Information
Posted on: September 20, 2017

CFPUA Update: September 20, 2017

CFPUA Pumping Water from its Aquifer Storage and Recovery Well

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority began pumping water with levels of GenX from its Aquifer Storage and Recovery site today. The goal of the project is to pump out nearly 50 million gallons of ...

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GenX Information
Posted on: September 18, 2017

CFPUA Update: September 18, 2017

CFPUA Board Votes to Continue Contract with Brooks Pierce For Environmental Law Services

On Wednesday morning, the CFPUA Board met to discuss the utility’s legal position in regard to the compound GenX. The Board voted to continue our contract wi...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

CFPUA Launches New GenX Timeline & Latest GenX Results from Sweeney

CFPUA Launches New GenX Timeline to Website

Since June 2017, CFPUA has been providing regular updates to the community on the issue of emerging contaminants. These updates have remained on our website, and they give a detailed history of the issue and CFPU...

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Posted on: April 12, 2018

Water Quality Update to Board, Once a Week Updates, & Most Recent GenX Results

CFPUA Staff Present Water Quality Update to Board

Yesterday morning, Executive Director Jim Flechtner presented a water quality update to the CFPUA Board of Directors at its monthly meeting. The update presents a summary to date of our actions to address t...

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Posted on: April 9, 2018

MOST RECENT GENX RESULTS FROM THE SWEENEY WATER TREATMENT PLANT

MOST RECENT GENX RESULTS FROM THE SWEENEY WATER TREATMENT PLANT

We have received results for March 26 from our on-going GenX testing at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. Levels of GenX continue to remain below the DHHS health goal of 140 parts per trillio...

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Posted on: April 5, 2018

Visit CFPUA at Lakefest this Weekend & Latest GenX Sweeney Plant Results

Visit CFPUA at Lakefest this Weekend

CFPUA will have a display this weekend at Cape Fear River Watch’s annual Lakefest event. The outdoor environmental education event is located at Greenfield Lake and will run from 10 am to 2 pm.

For attendees in...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: April 2, 2018

Black & Veatch Submits March Progress Report on Pilot Study & Most Recent Sweeney Results

Black & Veatch Submits March Progress Report on Pilot Study

Black & Veatch, the engineering firm contracted with CFPUA to administer the ongoing pilot study at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant, has submitted a report for the month of March.

The report ...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: March 29, 2018

CFPUA Offices to Close for Good Friday & Most Recent GenX Results From Sweeney

CFPUA Offices to Close for Good Friday Holiday

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority offices will be closed Friday, March 30 in observance of the Good Friday holiday. We will reopen on Monday, April 2.

Call (910) 332-6565 day or night for emergencies such as m...

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Posted on: March 26, 2018

CFPUA Submits Final Report to Environmental Review Commission & Latest Sweeney Results

CFPUA SUBMITS FINAL REPORT TO ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW COMMISSION

On Friday, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority submitted its final report to the Environmental Review Commission, per the requirements of House Bill 56. The report summarized the action we have t...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: March 22, 2018

Changes Coming to the CFPUA Website & Most Recent Sweeney GenX Results

Changes Coming to the CFPUA Website

On March 26, CFPUA’s website navigation will change. Navigation will be based on three primary headers. The three primary headers will now be: My Business, My Home, and I Want To.

  • Businesses will now be able to ...
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NewsFlash
Posted on: March 19, 2018

Veterans Park Water Station Open to Public

As announced on March 5, CFPUA now has a second water station open to the public at Veterans Park. As with the station in Ogden park, this station takes water from a groundwater source that does not contain GenX. The station is open everyday from 8:00am t...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: March 15, 2018

CFPUA Reaches out to State Agencies for Guidance on Treatment Goals

CFPUA Reaches out to State Agencies for Guidance on Treatment Goals

Yesterday, CFPUA reached out to Secretary Michael Regan of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Secretary Mandy Cohen of North Carolina Department of Health and ...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: March 12, 2018

CFPUA Recognizes NGWA’s National Groundwater Awareness Week

This week, CFPUA recognizes National Groundwater Awareness Week (#GWAW2018), an annual observance established by the National Ground Water Association to highlight the responsible development, management, and use of water. Established in 1999, National Gr...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: March 8, 2018

CFPUA Staff Attends National Conference on Emerging Contaminants & Most Recent GenX Sweeney Results

CFPUA Staff Attends National Conference on Emerging Contaminants

This week Executive Director Jim Flechtner attended the Emerging Contaminants Summit in Westminster, Colorado. Dedicated to the issue of emerging contaminants in drinking water, wastewater, s...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: February 14, 2018

CFPUA Board Passes Resolution Asking NCDEQ for a Cease in Fluorochemical Compounds Production

CFPUA Board Passes Resolution Asking NCDEQ for a Cease in Fluorochemical Compounds Production

This morning, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board unanimously passes a resolution calling on the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDE...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: March 5, 2018

CFPUA Opens New Water Station at Veteran's Park & Latest GenX Result from Sweeney

CFPUA OPENS NEW WATER STATION AT VETERANS PARK

Starting today, CFPUA will have a second water station available to residents of Wilmington and New Hanover County located in Veterans Park. The station provides water from our groundwater system located in th...

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

Emergency Sewer Main Repairs in Calvary Cemetery begin March 5

Emergency Sewer Main Repairs in Calvary Cemetery begin March 5

CFPUA crews are responding to an urgent sewer repair on a 36” gravity sewer main. This pipe runs off 11th Street through the access road in the Calvary Cemetery. Immediate repairs are...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: March 1, 2018

CFPUA Receives New GenX Results From the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant

CFPUA Receives New GenX Results From the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant

We have received results for February 12 and February 20 from our on-going GenX testing at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. Levels of GenX continue to remain below the DHHS health goa...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: February 26, 2018

Monthly Black and Veatch Report & Most Recent GenX Results

Black and Veatch Submits Monthly Update on Sweeney Pilot Test

Black and Veatch, the engineering firm contracted to assist CFPUA with its ongoing pilot test at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant, has submitted its monthly update on our progress.

The study has now...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: February 22, 2018

CFPUA Gives Presentation to House Select Committee & Latest GenX Results

CFPUA Gives Presentation to House Select Committee On North Carolina River Quality

Yesterday morning, CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner and Chief Operations Officer Frank Styers traveled to Raleigh to give a presentation to the House Select Committee ...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: February 19, 2018

Latest Water Station Usage and GenX Results from the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant

CFPUA Water Station Usage

Every Monday and Friday, CFPUA staff read the meter at the free water station in Ogden Park to monitor how much water is being withdrawn from the station. Monday’s reading showed that a total of 45,771 gallons have been ...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: February 8, 2018

Update on CFPUA’s Efforts to Address the Issue of Emerging Contaminants

An Update on CFPUA’s Efforts to Address the Issue of Emerging Contaminants

CFPUA is committed to addressing the challenge presented by emerging contaminants. To do so, action must be taken on several fronts: treatment technology, testing methods...

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NewsFlash
Posted on: February 5, 2018

CFPUA Integrates Nafion Byproducts 1 and 2 into Pilot Test

CFPUA Integrates Nafion Byproducts 1 and 2 into Pilot Test

As part of our efforts to monitor unregulated compounds in the Cape Fear River, we have asked the commercial labs testing samples for the pilot test to screen for a range of other per-fluorinated c...

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