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 CFPUA’s customer letter and a change in the Chairman’s Update schedule.
1. CFPUA is currently involved in several actions related to GenX.
Staff at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant are operating and sampling a pilot test designed to investigate the potential for treating compounds such as GenX at the plant level. We expect the pilot test to run for up to one year, to ensure that sufficient data is collected on the effectiveness of Granular Activated Carbon and Ion Exchange technologies.
Our lab continues to test for GenX at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant three days a week, and staff will soon begin work with UNCW to identify and quantify other compounds found in the river mentioned Dr. Knappe’s report. On the legal front, our environmental counsel continues to pursue all available options.
CFPUA expects these actions to have positive results for the community, providing knowledge about, and protection for, the area’s source water. However, while they are constantly ongoing in the background, these actions will not necessarily produce updates daily.
That is why, beginning next week, Chairman Mike Brown will move from issuing updates on GenX daily to three days a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Should anything arise between updates, CFPUA will issue Special Updates to keep the public informed.
2. Starting as early as today, customers will find a letter on GenX from CFPUA Chairman Mike Brown and Executive Director Jim Flechtner in their next bill. The letter provides information on the compound itself and summary of actions taken related to GenX to this point. It is in both English and Spanish.
3. On Monday, 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:
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 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:
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.