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Can they fix it in time?

As most of our residents know, in the summertime, the population increases significantly in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

The problem is, because of water contamination with PFAS chemicals, in January one of the most utilized water wells for the area’s water supply was shut down. These chemicals have been released into the Cape Fear River and our area’s water supply for nearly three decades.

Other nearby water wells are still being used, but they also contained PFAS. These wells do not contain as many PFAS levels as the well (well No. 11) which is currently shut down.

WECT News 6 reported: Well No. 11 water test results in February revealed a total PFAS concentration of 621.16 parts per trillion (ppt). This level includes a concentration of 37 ppt for GenX, which is below the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ health advisory of 140 ppt.

The cause for this high amount of contamination? We are told Gen X contaminants in well No. 11 are most likely the result of its close proximity (within 3,500 feet) to a Recovery Well and an Aquifer Storage operated by Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

Though water will be offered at a discounted rate to Wrightsville Beach, it doesn’t change the fact the water is contaminated. There is no timeline as to when well No.11 will be turned on again for public use.

Gen X contaminants are used in things such as cleaning products, foam firefighters use to extinguish fires, fabrics, packaging, teflon and paint. These chemical compounds could be a cause of cancer.

The only way to effectively get rid of Gen X in your water and have clean, healthy water, is by reverse osmosis. To learn more about reverse osmosis and how you can keep your home safe, click here.