Cape Fear Public Utility Authority workers met with UNCW faculty members on Monday to discuss their progress in identifying and quantifying compounds in the Cape Fear River.
According to the CFPUA's Wednesday afternoon update, researchers from the university are in the beginning phases of the study, which includes data gathering and a search for testing standards that would allow them to quantify levels of various compounds.
Samples have been taken by faculty at a downtown Wilmington location and from a treated tap water source on UNCW's campus. These samples are being tested to confirm the absence or presence of various compounds and UNCW staff will begin work to determine if, and how, they can quantify the compound levels.
Identifying the compounds, understanding where they come from and how they behave once in the river are the next steps. CFPUA said it will update the public with the findings.
The utility also sent updated information on its aquifer storage and recovery well project.
On Sept. 20, CFPUA began pumping water that contains GenX out of the well. Pumping at 500 gallons per minute, the project is 30 percent complete and has taken nearly 15 million gallons of water out of the well.
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