Cape Fear Public Utility Authority began pumping water with levels of GenX from its Aquifer Storage and Recovery site today. The goal of the project is to pump out nearly 50 million gallons of water that had been treated at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant and injected into the aquifer before the utility knew about the presence of GenX. Water is being pumped at 500 gallons per minute and engineers will be measuring its progress through a series of monitoring wells constructed in the vicinity.
After the water is pumped from the well, it travels through a temporary wastewater pipe until it reaches the nearest wastewater force main, where it will eventually be treated at one of CFPUA's wastewater treatment plants.
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and Friday, CFPUA staff read the meter at the free water station in Ogden Park to monitor how much water is being withdrawn from the station. Monday’s reading showed that a total of 13,504 gallons have been withdrawn since July 18, the day CFPUA installed the meter. The running average is 218 gallons per day.