CFPUA declines water sample from Wilmington VA clinic

CFPUA declines water sample from Wilmington VA clinic

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Water samples taken from the Wilmington VA clinic June 19 were not accepted by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority as one of three samples needed to remove a "Do Not Use" notice lifted from the facility.

The CFPUA said the process of requiring three consecutive approve samples will restart with the next set of weekly samples.

Several months ago, the CFPUA issued a "Do Not Use" notice at the Wilmington VA clinic, saying the water could not be consumed until heavy metal contamination in the water was fixed.

As a result of the contamination, the clinic has been forced to cancel or reschedule some appointments for Veterans who sought care from the GI, Urology, and Dental departments. In other cases, patients are being referred to the VA clinic in Fayetteville as an alternative.

A VA spokesperson says they believe it is an internal plumbing issue, stemming from a problem with the pipes inside the VA clinic. The CFPUA says it is not a problem with the external water supply.

The VA leases the Wilmington facility from Summit Smith HealthCare out of Wisconsin. VA officials say, as tenants, they are at the mercy of Summit Smith to fix the problem.

To lift the "Do Not Use" notice, CFPUA requires the water meet EPA standards in three consecutive weekly tests.

The CFPUA issued the following notice to the Wilmington VA Friday:

CFPUA cannot accept the June 19th sample result submittal as your second of the three needed to remove the DO NOT USE Notice for the facility. As a result, our process requiring three consecutive approved samples will restart with the next set of weekly samples.

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