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 update on the new GenX testing schedule and recent meter readings from the water station at Ogden Park.
1. For the past four weeks, GenX levels in raw and finished water samples from the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant have remained below the 140 parts per trillion health goal set by NCDHHS, and we expect levels to stay below that goal. For that reason, beginning next week, CFPUA will move from testing for GenX daily to testing for the compound three days a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).
Additionally, staff will begin to test only the finished water at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. CFPUA is confident that the combined results from the on-going NCDEQ investigation, continued testing of the finished water, and sampling of the CFPUA pilot test will give us sufficient data to monitor levels of GenX.
CFPUA will continue to make test results public as we receive them.
See the most recent GenX results in the table below:
View all GenX results
2. 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and Friday, CFPUA staff read the meter at the free water station in Ogden Park to monitor how much water is being withdrawn from the station. Today’s reading showed that a total of 5,486 gallons have been withdrawn since July 18, the day CFPUA installed the meter. Based on Friday’s reading, 436 gallons were withdrawn over the weekend. The running average is 203 gallons per day.
This water at the station 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.
3. For citizens unable to get to the water station at 615 Ogden Park Drive, 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:
4. 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.