Public Notice

Public Notice

Brunswick County statement in response to Environmental Working Group January 2020 report

01.22.2020

Brunswick County began an extensive testing program for PFAS contaminants when academic studies revealed the presence of multiple PFAS in its drinking water, testing a suite of PFAS contaminants on a weekly basis. Brunswick County’s water samples have continuously remained below the EPA’s established health advisory levels for PFOA + PFOS and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ established provisional health goal for GenX, however the combined levels of all PFAS is concerning and the County continues to test and monitor for most known PFAS compounds and GenX during its routine testing.

At this time, the EPA does not have an established health goal for several of the other compounds listed in this report that are contributing to the overall 185.9 ppt sample level, however the PFOA + PFOS and GenX sample levels in this report are also below the provisional health goals mentioned above. Due to the fact that little or no study has been done on the health effects of combined PFAS or many of these individual PFAS found in the source water, Brunswick County has taken a proactive approach to install the most protective water treatment system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant to remove these contaminants.

Brunswick County’s leadership recognizes that high quality water is of paramount importance to our customers and residents and agree that reverse osmosis is the most effective PFAS removal technology, which is why the Board of Commissioners and county administration are embarking on a project to install an advanced low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, as well as increase capacity at the plant to support the county’s growth. Brunswick County Public Utilities has been working diligently with engineers at CDM-Smith and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to design, permit and build an economical low-pressure reverse osmosis system at the plant for the benefit of all Brunswick County water users.

Low-pressure reverse osmosis is considered one of the most advanced and effective methods to treat and remove both regulated and unregulated materials from drinking water, including GenX, 1,4-dioxane and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In April 2018, the County conducted two rounds of testing on a pilot low-pressure reverse osmosis system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant. The results showed that low-pressure reverse osmosis reduced most PFAS including GenX to undetectable levels, essentially removing all the components.

Not only do pilot studies indicate that low-pressure reverse osmosis is the most effective advanced treatment method for PFAS removal, but they also indicate that it is the most economical advanced treatment option for the removal of high percentages of PFAS at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant. Most previous studies focus on the high-energy cost when using reverse osmosis for the treatment of saline or brackish water, but the cost is considerably less when used to treat fresh water for PFAS contaminants, especially short-chain PFAS.

All of the County’s water sample test reports are available to the public at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx/

Brunswick County would notify customers and residents should any of its test samples exceed the health advisory levels established for PFOA + PFOS or GenX.

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Pregnancy Care Management Program

The Pregnancy Care Management (PCM) Program is designed to improve birth outcomes, increase full-term births and birth weights, and decrease C-sections, as well as improve the quality of care given to pregnant Medicaid recipients.

The program is available to pregnant women who:

  • Are any age
  • Are Brunswick County residents
  • Meet priority risk screening (with services tailored based on the woman’s need level)
  • Are referred by local providers and identified as high-risk

For more information on PCM services, please view the program brochure.

Program Hours

The Brunswick County PCM Program is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Call 910-253-2250 or 1-888-428-4429 (toll-free), or email health@brunswickcountync.gov

Services Provided

Your Pregnancy Care Manager can help you by:

  • Going over your prenatal care provider’s plan for a healthy pregnancy
  • Coordinating your care across all of your providers
  • Helping you get the services you need, like medical care, transportation, food, or stable housing
  • Referring you to other programs, like childbirth or breastfeeding education classes, family planning, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutritional program
  • Offering ways for you to take care of yourself during pregnancy
  • Providing assistance in managing any medications you may be taking
  • Meeting with you after you have been in the hospital or emergency room
  • Making follow-up appointments
  • Answering your questions
Brunswick County PCM Staff

Contina Bryant, Social Worker

Pregnancy Care Manager (OBCM)

910-253-2300

 

Crystal Mintz, BSN, RN

Care Manager Supervisor (OBCM/CC4C)

910-253-2313

 

Nicole Jacobs, Social Worker

Pregnancy Care Manager (OBCM)

910-253-2291

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Contact

25 COURTHOUSE DRIVE
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MAILING ADDRESS: PO BOX 9
BOLIVIA NC, 28422

(910) 253-2250
(888) 428-4429
HEALTH@BRUNSWICKCOUNTYNC.GOV
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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