How do I know if my drinking water contains PFAS?

Brunswick County Public Utilities Water Customers & Wholesale Municipal/Utility Water Customers

PFAS contamination is present throughout North Carolina. NCDEQ and NCDHHS began investigating the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River in June 2017. The Chemours facility in Fayetteville was identified as the company that produces the GenX chemical for industrial processes.

Brunswick County conducts weekly tests of its raw and treated water for several PFAS compounds, including the four with interim or final EPA health advisory levels (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and PFBS). Test results are published on the County's website for transparency.

Note: As of June 2022, Brunswick County's current wholesale customers include Bald Head Island, Holden Beach, Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer (H2Go), Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, and Southport.

Private Well Users

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) has a consent order in place that requires Chemours to test private wells for PFAS if they are located within a certain distance to the Chemours facility near Fayetteville or the Lower Cape Fear River. If this could apply to you, contact NCDEQ at 910-678-1100 for those in the lower Cape Fear (Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties).

For private well users that fall outside the eligible testing areas, you can review the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service's PFAS Testing and Treatment Factsheet to find a lab that can test your well.

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1. What is PFAS?
2. What are the health advisory levels for PFAS compounds?
3. What is the difference between an interim and final health advisory level?
4. Will EPA release an enforceable regulation for GenX in drinking water?
5. How do I know if my drinking water contains PFAS?
6. PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) has been detected in my water. Is it safe to drink?
7. PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) has been detected in my water supply. Can I shower, bathe, wash clothes/dishes, water my plants, etc.?
8. Can I use my water to mix my babies’ formula?
9. PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) has been detected in my water supply. Is it safe for pets or animals?
10. What health effects should I be worried about?
11. How can I be exposed to PFAS?
12. What can I do to reduce my exposures to PFAS?
13. Is there one location where PFAS studies are summarized?