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.

Child Support

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Child Support Services 

Brunswick County Child Support Services are available to anyone seeking assistance with collecting child support.  Child Support Agents assist custodial parents with the establishment and collection of child support payments regardless of income.

Custodial parents/guardians can apply for services at the Social Service building.   There is a $25 non-refundable fee due at the time of application. Individuals who receive services through Public Assistance (IV-A) or Foster Care (IV-E) programs are automatically referred for CSS free of charge.   You can apply in person, no appointment is necessary or call to request an application 910-253-2076.

To apply online for child support services, go to

Child Support application fees can be paid at the office or mailed to:

Brunswick County Department of Social Services
60 Government Center Drive
Bolivia, NC 28422
Attn: Fiscal Unit – Child Support Application

Checks or money orders for Child Support Application fees shall be made payable to:  Brunswick County DSS.  Please include your name and application number when making your payment.


Child Support Payments

Non-Custodial Parents and Employers can remit child support payments by mail or online.  To submit your payment by mail, please sent it to the address below.  Please note that payments sent to Brunswick County DSS will be forwarded to the Raleigh, which will delay the posting of your payment.

Child Support Enforcement
PO BOX 20800
Raleigh, NC 27619-0800

Please include to following information when mailing your payment:  MPI number, Case Number, and the last 4 digits of your social security number.

Non-custodial parents can make their payments online by visiting:

Employers can make payments online by visiting:


North Carolina Child Support

For more information on the North Carolina Child Support Services Payment Processing Center, click here.

Parents and Guardians are able to access their case information 24-7 using eChild Support.  For more information:

Please note that Child Support Services  program is not authorized to help with custody, visitation or property settlements.




(910) 253-2077
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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