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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Adult Services

Brunswick County Social Services offers programs and assistance to help adults, whether in their own home or in a facility. Report a concern of abuse or neglect involving an adult.

Adult Protective Services

Adult Protective Services (APS) are provided to disabled adults, 18 years of age or older who are alleged to be abused, neglected or exploited and in need of protection. APS Social Workers receive reports, evaluates the need for protection and provides intervention when needed. To report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of a disabled adult call 910-253-2077 or 910-253-2415. To make reports on weekends, holidays or after hours call 911 and ask to speak to the on-call social worker.

Adult Home Monitoring

The Adult Home Specialist (AHS) provides assistance, routine monitoring and complaint investigations in Assisted Living Facilities operating in Brunswick County. Complaints on Assisted Living Facilities can be made to the Adult Home Specialist at 910-253-2166 or to NC Division of Health Services Regulations at 1-800-624-3004.

Guardianship

Brunswick County Social Services provides guardianship services to adults who have been adjudicated incompetent and who do not have another person or corporation to serve as guardian. To learn more about guardianship services call 910-253-2462

Special Assistance In Home Program

The Special Assistance In Home (SA-IH) program for adults provides cash assistance for low income individuals who are at risk of entering a residential facility but are preferring to live at home. Social workers provide a comprehensive assessment and ongoing case management to adults eligible for this program. To learn more about SA-IH you can call 910-253-2212.

Adult Placement Services

Adult Placement services assist aging or disabled adults find substitute placement in residential care facilities when their health safety and well-being can no longer be maintained at home. Placement arrangements are made in adult care homes, nursing homes or residential health care settings. Please call 910-253-2212 for additional information about this program.

Adult Day/Health Care

Limited funds are available to help with adult day/health care expenses for qualified individuals. Adult Day/Health Care facilities provide organized programs in a community group setting to promote social, physical and emotional well being. The Adult Day/Health Care programs in Brunswick County are licensed by the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services and monitored by the Department of Social Services. For additional information call 910-253-2072.

Community Alternatives Program

The Community Alternatives Program for Disabled adults (CAP-DA) program is a special Medicaid program that helps provide home and community services to adults with disabilities who are facing nursing home placement but would prefer to remain in their private residence. This program is administered by New Hanover Regional Medical Center. To learn more call 910-667-8504.

 

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Contact

60 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE
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(910) 253-2077
DSS@BRUNSWICKCOUNTYNC.GOV
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please do not email reports of abuse or neglect.
If you need to make a CPS or APS report, please call 910-253-2077 during business hours.  After Hours call 911 and ask to speak to the on call social worker.

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