In late June, Chemours announced that it would voluntarily stop discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River. While this was welcome news, CFPUA felt it was important for us to begin monitoring the levels ourselves, to ensure that the discharge had stopped and to begin documenting the length of the time the compound stayed in the water after discharge. After searching for a lab capable of testing for the compound, CFPUA contracted with Eurofins to analyze and test samples from Sweeney Water Treatment Plant.
Once a week, CFPUA staff take samples from the plant and send them to Eurofins to be analyzed. Those samples are then tested and results are sent back to CFPUA. Readers may download GenX lab reports here.
While CFPUA uses a third-party laboratory for GenX testing, our on-site laboratory conducts tests daily to monitor water quality in our service areas. Some tests, such as the total coliform test (which measures bacteria), are run every day. Other tests are run annually. Some tests are required by the State of North Carolina. Other tests, which are not required, are used by CFPUA to monitor the water for new compounds and to measure the performance of our treatment technology.
To see the results of the required tests we run, see our Drinking Water Quality webpage. To see results for the voluntary tests we run, including those for unregulated compounds, see our Special Compound Testing page.
Every Friday and Monday, CFPUA staff read the meter at the free water station at Ogden Park to help us monitor its usage. As Monday morning, a total of 17, 958 gallons had been withdrawn since the station was installed in July. The running average is 219 gallons per day.