WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A bill that provides funding for water quality-related efforts includes $450,000 for the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.
In a news release, CFPUA said the money will be used for water sampling and testing of treatment technology to address PFAS and other contaminants in drinking water.
The bill requires the funds to be used for sampling finishing drinking water from Sweeney Water Treatment Plant and the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well in order to quantify levels of existing PFAS.
Remaining funds will go toward testing how effective mobile treatment units are at removing PFAS compounds from groundwater in the ASR.
GenX, a compound discharged into the Cape Fear River by the Chemours Company at its Fayetteville Works facility, was discovered in ASR water in June 2017.
The ASR well was designed for use during periods of high demand by storing finished water from the Sweeney plant. Because water from Sweeney was used, perfluorinated compounds from Chemours were unknowingly put in the well with the finished water, according to CFPUA, which added it is in discussions with the NC Department of Environmental Quality about the future of the ASR project.
If the PFAS-removal technology works, the ASR well could be a future potable water source.
Also in the CFPUA release, the utility said it conducted water sampling at Chemours' Fayetteville Works site as part of ongoing litigation with Chemours and Dupont.
CFPUA requested the right to sample in 2017, but Chemours would not voluntarily allow testing. Sampling was allowed after a court order issued by an Eastern District judge.