NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - New Hanover County Board of Education members decided to consider a resolution to support clean water measures in schools across the county.
During their meeting, Emily Donovan with Clean Cape Fear proposed that the board do something to help get clean water in schools. Environmental Working Group published a study recently after testing for PFAS in water systems around the country. Brunswick County topped the list with Wilmington coming in fifth.
Donovan said 29 schools in New Hanover County get their water from the Sweeney Water Treatment plant which has tested positive for PFAS. CFPUA is currently working on a plan to reduce the chemicals in the water there, but it will take time.
“With the recent information of our toxic water, it’s really important that we’re protecting our children,” said board member Stefanie Adams. “As a board, we need to learn as much as we can and see what our options are. We’re going to create a resolution and hopefully, start protecting our children so they have clean water to drink in our schools.”
Until something more permanently is done, Donovan asked that the board reach out to state legislatures about funding for an interim solution to provide clean water to students.
“We’re creating a resolution for clean water," said Adams. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to maybe see a turnaround for the next board meeting to approve it. If not, it’ll be coming soon. And just continue to advocate for getting money for our schools to make sure the water that’s flowing through our buildings is clean and safe for our children to drink.”
The next New Hanover County Board of Education meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.