Carolina Beach town manager: GenX not in town water

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer said GenX is not an issue in the town's drinking water.

During Tuesday's town council meeting, Cramer said the study revealed the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River addressed surface water, not ground water.

Cramer claimed GenX has not been found in groundwater.

He went on to say Carolina Beach gets its drinking water from the Pee Dee and Castle Hayne aquifers, not the Cape Fear River.

Cramer said the Carolina Beach drinking water meets quality standards and is safe.

According to a news release issued by the town on Wednesday, Carolina Beach allowed the EPA to test the town's water supply in December 2014 and May 2015.

Those tests looked for 21 different types of chemicals, including those related to GenX. Strontium was the only chemical that showed up in the results. GenX was not present in the Pee Dee or Castle Hayne aquifers

Town officials said Strontium is a naturally occurring element and is present in most groundwater sources.

"The Town of Carolina Beach's drinking water continues to meet all state and federal drinking water standards and is safe to drink," the release states.

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