Mike Brown, CFPUA Board chairman, will provide a once daily update with information on activity surrounding GenX. Updates will be provided each weekday. Below please find Chairman Mike Brown’s daily update on CFPUA’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery well and Wednesday’s Board Meeting.
1. CFPUA will remove approximately 48 million gallons of treated drinking water stored in the Peedee aquifer while Chemours was discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River.
Tests show that the water at the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well on Westbrook Avenue is below the GenX health goal of 140 parts per trillion (ppt) set by the NCDHHS, but above the average levels that we are currently supplying to our customers. Because the water was treated and stored while Chemours was still discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River, CFPUA has decided it is in the best interest of our customers to withdraw that water from the aquifer.
CFPUA plans to start withdrawing the water in early September. It will be discharged to the sewer system, and returned to the river downstream of all drinking water intakes.
To see the most recent GenX results from the ASR well, click here.
We will provide additional updates on this process as they are available.
2. CFPUA will hold its monthly Board Meeting this Wednesday, August 9 in the Lucie Harrell Conference Room at 230 Government Center Drive. CFPUA Board Meetings are open to the public.
See more information on Wednesday’s meeting
3. Last week, 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
To view all GenX results
4. 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.
For citizens unable to get to the free water station, CFPUA is partnering with the City of Wilmington and area churches to provide free water from Ogden Park.
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:
View the full news release
5. 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.