The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is discussing options for improving its Sweeney Water Treatment Plant, including water treatment enhancements aimed at removing GenX and other perfluorinated compounds from drinking water.
In an email update sent Wednesday afternoon, CFPUA said it is considering the feasibility and effectiveness of additional treatment processes at the Sweeney facility.
A pilot test was installed at the plant, which takes water from the Cape Fear River, in late August to determine its potential for removing unregulated chemicals. While it treats up to 35 million gallons of water daily, the plant is unable to treat for GenX and other perfluorinated compounds.
At its annual retreat on Tuesday, CFPUA's board reviewed a preliminary schedule for the design and construction of new facilities at Sweeney which can treat for GenX. The board was also presented with the estimated costs of such changes and their impact on rates if funding doesn't arrive from another source.
The utility's capital improvement plan (CIP) for fiscal years 2019-28 included recommendations for plant improvements and the board supported that plan.
"Our ongoing efforts with UNCW to determine whether other compounds are in the river will help us understand whether improvements to the plant will be needed," CFPUA said in Wednesday's email.
The updated CIP will be presented to the board in January.
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