Brunswick County has received additional results of testing for GenX in the water, from samples taken June 29, that showed no detectable level of GenX in treated water from the 211 Water Treatment Plant at 0 parts per trillion and showed levels of 64 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source.
NC DEQ also released results of its testing, showing GenX in finished water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant at 51 and 52 parts per trillion on the same day as Brunswick County’s raw water sample. NCDEQ also released test results from other days of sampling. (https://deq.nc.gov/state-releases-first-water-quality-data-updated-health-information-genx-cape-fear-river-0)
These results follow earlier test results, which showed 32.8 parts per trillion in the finished water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant in samples taken by Brunswick County. This week, Brunswick County also received test results for 1,4-Dioxane in the water. These results showed less than the smallest detectable level in treated water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, but showed 1.3 parts per billion in treated water from the 211 Water Treatment Plant.
On Friday, NC Health and Human Services lowered the health goal for exposure to GenX in drinking water to 140 nanograms per liter (also referred to as parts per trillion). Though the health goal number has been lowered, recent testing results in Brunswick County have been and continue to be below this level.
“We are committed to continued testing and to sharing information with the public when we receive or learn of it,” said County Manager Ann Hardy. “We know the importance to our customers of having quality water, and we are working with outside engineers and other experts to determine any corrective actions that may be needed or steps that should be taken. While we have confidence in our water, we want to make sure we explore all options available.”