WECT INVESTIGATES: Lab tests show bacteria levels in NC stormwater

WECT INVESTIGATES: Lab tests show bacteria levels in NC stormwater
Our news crews collected stormwater samples from Sago Bay Drive, Empie Park, Halyburton Park, Carolina Beach Road and River Road on July 31. (Source: WECT)

SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) - You don't need a Ph.D. in Microbiology to know that stormwater buildup is yucky, gross, and just plain dirty.

But just how dirty is the rainwater that has accumulated throughout Southeastern North Carolina over the last several days?

To answer that question, WECT enlisted the help of the Chemical Technology Laboratory at Cape Fear Community College.

Our news crews collected stormwater samples from Sago Bay Drive, Empie Park, Halyburton Park, Carolina Beach Road and River Road on July 31.

The lab performed three main tests on our water samples: Coliform bacteria, metal concentrations, and TOC (total organic carbon).

"The bacteria counts just blew me away, though. Absolutely blew me away," said Matt Groff, who helped lead the testing the Chemical Technology Lab.

Watch WECT News at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 6 for the results of what's in our community's stormwater. Ben Smart will break down the findings in a special report.

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