To maintain our commitment to the public on the important matter of GenX in our water system, CFPUA offers the following update:
June 26: 156 ppt
June 28: 120 ppt
July 30: 90 ppt
July 3: 55 ppt
July 5: 87 ppt
July 7: 132 ppt
July 10: 145 ppt
July 12: 122 ppt
In keeping with NC DHHS’ advisory – which is the only measure CFPUA is able to operate under at this time—we are reporting that the July 10th sample is above the acceptable ppt level.
It is important to make clear, however, the July 10th sample was taken during a time period, as indicated above, when it is now known that GenX was being discharged by Chemours into the Cape Fear River.
We remain committed to being open and transparent to the public on this important matter. For that reason, we are reporting this finding.
Within two days, GenX concentrations were back below the recommended 140 ppt. As an added measure of caution, CFPUA has ordered that independent testing by Eurofins be increased from three random samples per week to daily sample testing. We will share more results with the public on future sample tests as soon as they are available.
CFPUA remains committed to providing the highest quality drinking water for our customers. We will continue to prioritize communication and transparency as we seek additional information.
In the meantime, for members of our community who prefer to receive water from an alternate source, CFPUA started offering free water from a ground source on Saturday. This water is treated at CFPUA’s nanofiltration plant. On July 13, CFPUA sampled water at this Richardson Nanofiltration Plant—which serves the free water station at Ogden Park—for GenX. GenX was not detected. This water is supplied by aquifers that have not been affected by Chemours’ discharge of GenX.
Residential CFPUA customers may fill their clean personal containers at New Hanover County’s Ogden Park near the tennis courts at 615 Ogden Park Drive. This is available daily from 8 am to 8 pm.