• Jefferson Weaver

Water Testing Meeting Nov. 29

Updated: Nov 23

State water quality officials are concerned that PFAS from the Bladen DuPont facility may have contaminated wells in Columbus County as well as Pender, Bladen and New Hanover.

While other areas have already instituted a testing program paid for by Dupont and Chemours, Columbus has up until now been left out of the testing process. The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) instructed Chemours to begin sampling of wells in Columbus that are fed by aquifers that receive water from the Cape Fear River.

Water from the plant that manufactures the chemical known as Gen-X has been blamed for contaminating drinking water supplies and causing health problems in the lower Cape Fear basin. Studies have not proven that Gen-X is responsible for any illnesses, although the chemical is a PFAS, which are documented to cause health problems.

Private wells can be tested at no cost in areas that qualify, according to the DWQ. The tests can help qualify residents for replacement water supplies.

DWQ is hosting an informational meeting Nov. 29 (Tuesday) at the Riegelwood Community Building, 142 Waccamaw Road, Riegelwood. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Officials will discuss sampling and answer questions from residents.

For more information, or to see if you qualify for free testing, call 910.678.1100 or go to https://deq.nc.gov/news/key-issues/genx-investigation/well-sampling-information-lower-cape-fear-area-residents.

26 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All