NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) has notified New Hanover County of recent groundwater tests that show detections of PFAS compounds in six wells that provide untreated water to CFPUA’s Richardson Water Treatment Plant. This plant serves residents in the northern part of New Hanover County and, according to CFPUA, it continues to be effective at filtering PFAS compounds from the water.
These findings reveal that PFAS may be affecting groundwater in New Hanover County, so CFPUA and New Hanover County officials have informed the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), the agency responsible for monitoring and regulating water quality in the state.
NCDEQ officials advised CFPUA and county officials that they are preparing to test ambient monitoring wells in north and south New Hanover County, as well as those of a number of public water systems. They will then determine next steps based on data collected.
Additional information about this, including CFPUA’s sampling results, can be found in CFPUA’s press release. For EPA information regarding PFAS, click here. And for question related to NCDEQ’s plans to test groundwater, call NCDEQ Environmental Assistance and Customer Service at 1-877-623-6748.