Public Notice

Public Notice

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


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

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




Sealed Prequalification Applications will be received December 5, 2019 in the office of the Brunswick County Engineering Department for the construction of:  Brunswick County Courthouse Addition & Renovation Project.  Applications received after the designated time will not be accepted. The contract shall be Single Prime.  A general description of the work includes:

  • Construction of a three story, 15,000 SF addition as well as renovations of the existing 102,450 SF courthouse. The addition construction includes auger cast pile foundations, concrete floors on structural steel frame, composite deck, open web joist roof framing on structural steel.  Exterior shear walls are reinforced masonry with other exterior walls and all interior framing being light gauge steel stud framing.  Existing building renovations will replace several precast concrete exterior wall panels with cast in place concrete shear walls having openings to access the addition.  Interior renovations will enlarge courtrooms and accommodate offices supporting the courts.

Pre-Bid Meeting:  An open pre-bid meeting will be held for all prequalified bidders and vendors at the Brunswick County Engineering Department at a date and time to be determined later.  Directions are as follows: From Wilmington follow US 17 towards Supply.  Turn left onto Old Ocean Highway and procced to the County Government Complex just past Galloway Road NE on the right. County Engineering is located within Building I directly behind the County Administration Building.

Bid Submittal:  Sealed bids will be received at a date and time to be determined later in the office of the Brunswick County Engineering Department from approved, prequalified contractors.  Adjustments to the bid date and time shall be by addendum sent to approved, prequalified bidders.

Copies of the Prequalification Application and preliminary Construction Documents shall be available at the following location after November 11, 2019

Contact:        John Sawyer, AIA                Sawyer Sherwood & Associate Architecture

Telephone:   (910) 762-0892                     124 Market Street

Email:           John               Wilmington, NC 28401

The Prequalification Application is also available at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • Carolinas A.G.C. Digital Plan Room online on IBuild®
  • CDC News Office online
  • McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Digital Plan Room online
  • Brunswick County Engineering, 75 Courthouse Drive, Bldg. I, Bolivia, North Carolina

Brunswick County reserves the unqualified right to reject any and all bid proposals.  A 5% bid bond or deposit is required with the bid only.  Brunswick County has implemented a Minority Business Enterprise Policy that requires contractors to exhibit a good-faith effort during the bid phase to contact minority business subcontractors whose work on the project would represent 10% of the total value of the work.  Contractors must be properly licensed.  Additional instructions to bidders shall be included in the Contract Documents.  Bonds and MBE documentation are not required with the Prequalification Application.