What is Brunswick County doing to remove PFAS contaminates from drinking water?

Brunswick County has actively sought a solution to remove PFAS from drinking water after the discovery of PFAS substances in the Cape Fear River in June 2017. Following review of multiple treatment options, the County selected low-pressure reverse osmosis and initiated a pilot scale system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant to confirm water quality and PFAS removal. In April 2018, CDM Smith's reported that the pilot low-pressure reverse osmosis system reduced most PFAs to undetectable levels including PFOA, PFOS, and GenX.

The team proceeded with the design and the project went out to bid in Winter 2019. The County anticipates the low-pressure reverse osmosis system will go online in summer or fall of 2023, with final completion in early 2024. Individuals can follow the project on the Northwest Water Treatment Plant page.

NC government agencies are also working on all fronts to continue to reduce exposure to GenX and other PFAS. This includes continuing efforts to reduce emissions and discharges from the Chemours plant and efforts to reduce GenX and other PFAS as much as possible in drinking water. The NC Department of Environmental Quality's PFAS Roadmap details NCDEQ's priorities and planned actions to reduce PFAS in our state. The U.S. EPA's PFAS Roadmap details national policies, priorities, and actions planned for the next five years.

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1. What is Brunswick County doing to remove PFAS contaminates from drinking water?
2. What is the project at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant going to accomplish?
3. What customers will receive reverse osmosis-treated water once the new low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment system at the Northwest Water Treatment System goes online?
4. Why do we need more capacity at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant?
5. Why isn’t Chemours and/or DuPont paying for the reverse osmosis treatment system?
6. Are water rates paying for the reverse osmosis and expansion at the plant?
7. How do County retail customer bills compare with retail bills of utilities of similar size in North Carolina?
8. What is the estimated monthly cost for a county retail customer with a 3/4-inch meter?