GenX Information

Posted on: August 25, 2017

CFPUA Chairman’s Update: August 23, 2017

Mike Brown, CFPUA Board chairman, will provide an update three days per week with information on activity surrounding GenX. Below please find Chairman Mike Brown’s update on the most recent results from CFPUA’s independent testing for GenX. 


1. Monday afternoon, CFPUA received new results from the raw and finished water samples at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant taken during the period August 8-August 15. The results show that concentrations of GenX continue to be below the 140 parts per trillion health goal set by NCDHHS.


See the new data in the table below:

DateRawFinished
8/8/2017

41.2

43

8/9/2017

40.7

45.6

8/10/2017

48

44.1

8/11/2017

41.2

52.1

8/12/2017

38.8

46.5

8/13/2017

40.2

44.8

8/14/2017

41.5

41.4

8/15/2017

40.9

46.5



2. This morning, members of the joint legislative Environmental Review Commission, a committee made of state Representatives and Senators, toured CFPUA’s Sweeney Water Treatment Plant.

This afternoon, the group met at 1:30pm at 230 Government Center Drive to learn more about the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River.


3. 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and Friday, CFPUA staff read the meter at the free water station in Ogden Park to monitor how much water is being withdrawn from the station. Monday’s reading showed that a total of 7,003 gallons have been withdrawn since July 18, the day CFPUA installed the meter. Based on Friday’s reading, 482 gallons were withdrawn over the weekend. The running average is 206 gallons per day.


4. CFPUA is committed to being open and transparent about issues concerning water quality and source water protection. Several weeks ago, we announced a new “Drinking Water Quality” page on the CFPUA website that would allow the public to find the results of drinking water tests required by the State of North Carolina.

In order to stay ahead of trends and to monitor the performance of our treatment technology, CFPUA also conducts voluntary tests on a wide array of contaminants known as “Special” tests. These tests help us monitor for compounds that may be regulated in the future.

Our new “Special Compound Testing” page will make the results of those tests open to the public for download. The page will be updated monthly by staff, and it will house CFPUA’s GenX results as well.

View the Special Compound Testing page


5. 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:

  • Warner Temple AME Zion Church, 620 Nixon St., (910) 763-6308
  • St. Phillip AME Church, 815 N. 8th St., (910) 762-3573
  • Ephesus SDA Church, 1002 Castle St., (910) 762-7755

For citizens interested in participating, please find instructions below:

  • Drop off empty containers at one of the participating churches between 9:00 am and 11:00 am Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday beginning Monday, July 31.
  • Containers should be clean, have caps, be marked with the person’s name and number, and be between one and five gallons in size.
  • Containers should not have previously been used for chemicals, such as cleaning fluids or other liquids not suitable for consumption. They should also be non-breakable.
  • Pick up filled containers between 1:00 pm and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday beginning Monday, July 31.


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.

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