CFPUA begins pumping water containing GenX from aquifer

CFPUA begins pumping water containing GenX from aquifer
(Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority began pumping water that contains GenX from its aquifer storage and recovery site on Wednesday.

According to a Wednesday afternoon email update, 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 CFPUA knew about the presence of GenX, an unregulated compound that was discharged into the Cape Fear River by the Chemours Company.

Water is being pumped at 500 gallons per minute and engineers will be measuring the project's 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 to the nearest wastewater force main, where it will be treated at one of CFPUA's wastewater treatment plants.

The utility also provided an update on how much water is being withdrawn from its free water station at Ogden Park.

On Monday, a meter showed that a total of 13,504 gallons of water have been withdrawn since July 18, the day the meter was installed. An average of 218 gallons per day are being withdrawn.

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