Mike Brown, CFPUA Board chairman, will provide two daily updates—one morning and one afternoon—with information on activity surrounding GenX. Updates will be provided each weekday. Below please find Chairman Mike Brown’s morning update on a partnership with the City of Wilmington and area churches and daily updates beginning next week.
1. CFPUA announced a partnership this morning with the City of Wilmington and area churches to organize a program that will provide free water from Ogden Park to citizens unable to get to the free water station.
While the most recent sampling results from CFPUA indicate that levels of GenX are below the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services health goal of 140 parts per trillion, citizens who prefer an alternative water source may take part in this program.
Beginning Monday, July 31, churches will transport empty containers to Ogden Park where they will be filled with treated groundwater at no cost. Church volunteers will then bring the filled containers back to the designated churches, where customers can pick them up. Churches will be open for drop off between 9:00 am and 11:00 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and for pick up between 1:00 pm and 3:00 p.m. on the same days.
Three churches in the greater downtown area will be offering drop-off and pick-up services:
For citizens interested in participating, please find instructions below:
2. Late Wednesday afternoon, CFPUA received updated water sampling data from Eurofins for our Sweeney Water Plant. The most recent data shows levels of GenX below the NC DHHS health advisory goal of 140 ppt. See below for specific sampling data:
Sweeney WTP GenX Data (ng/L) -MRL 2 ng/L
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.
View the test results
3. For CFPUA 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 will continue to offer this service until we confirm a trend line that is at or below the health advisory goal set by NC DHHS.
4. NC DEQ yesterday released new data for GenX concentrations in water samples collected on July 12 and 13 in the Cape Fear River. According to their news release, “those test results show that concentrations of the unregulated chemical GenX in all treated water samples collected by the state during week four of sampling remained below the 140 parts per trillion health goal.”
“It’s good news that recent test results are showing levels of GenX in treated water trending downward to below our health goal,” said Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. “We will continue to monitor these results to look for any new, emerging trends, and will alert the public in timely fashion as we have new results to share.”
Michael Regan, secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality, added that his agency and staff at DHHS continue to investigate.
“The first four weeks of data gathered as part of our investigation are encouraging, and we’re continuing our investigation to protect the health and safety of those who depend on the Cape Fear River for drinking water and other uses,” Regan said.
Read the full news release
5. Beginning Monday, CFPUA will begin providing updates once a day. Updates will be sent by 3pm daily, and additional updates will be provided as necessary.
6. CFPUA encourages the public to check our website and social media channels for updates as this continues to unfold. We are committed to transparency, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with you through the duration of this process.