GenX Information

Posted on: July 21, 2017

Special Update: July 21, 2017

To maintain our commitment to the public on the important matter of GenX in the Cape Fear River, CFPUA offers the following update:


Wilmington, NC- Late this afternoon, we received additional GenX water sample data collected from the Sweeney Water Plant on July 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18. Some results are above the NCDHHS recommended health goal of GenX in parts per trillion (ppt). CFPUA immediately contacted NCDHHS and is seeking guidance on next steps. The most recent data is highlighted below:


Sweeney WTP GenX Data (ng/L) -MRL 2 ng/L

Date

Raw

Treated

6/26/17

149

156

6/28/17

87.5

120

6/30/17

68.6

89.5

7/3/17

55.6

55.4

7/5/17

93.9

87.4

7/7/17

136

132

7/10/17

102

145

7/12/17

93.0

122

7/14/17

114

113

7/15/17

194

127

7/16/17

336

250

7/17/17

166

286

7/18/17

128

185


In keeping with NCDHHS guidance – which is the only measure CFPUA is able to operate under at this time—we are reporting that the most recent sample results include levels above the health goal of 140 ppt. We remain committed to being open and transparent to the public on this important matter. For that reason, we are reporting this finding. We will continue to share more results with the public on future sample test data as soon as it is available.


This evening, CFPUA consulted NCDHHS and NCDEQ for a health advisory opinion.  NCDEQ and NCDHHS committed to immediately analyze this new data and provide additional guidance, which we will share as soon as it is received.


In addition, CFPUA again requested NCDEQ begin sampling the Chemours outfall daily.  CFPUA also reiterated its position that NCDEQ should use its authority to immediately prevent any discharge of GenX until more is known about its effects.


In the meantime, for customers who prefer water from an alternate source, CFPUA is offering free water from a ground source. 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 and it 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 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


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.

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