FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WECT) - Officials with the NC Department of Environmental Quality have directed Chemours to provided bottled water to nine additional well owners near the company's Fayetteville Works facility after the most recent preliminary tests show GenX levels above the state health goal.
This will bring the total of residential well owners receiving bottled water from Chemours to 35.
State officials say that the DEQ and Chemours have sampled 105 residential wells since testing near the facility began in September.
"We all count on having access to a clean, reliable source of drinking water and these well owners deserve no less," said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. "Bottled water is a short-term fix and we're working with the counties and the company to find a long-term solution for families who rely on these wells."
DEQ officials announced they soon will start conducting water tests at other locations frequently used by residents in the area the near Chemours facility.
Those locations include Marshwood Lake, Point East Lake, Alderman Elementary School, Gray's Creek Elementary School, Gray's Creek High School and water fountains at a ball field north of Marshwood Lake. Results of those tests will be provided to the public when completed.