Sunday, August 7, 2022

Carolina Beach announces GenX not found in groundwater

Carolina Beach Town Hall

CAROLINA BEACH — After recent discoveries of the compound known as GenX  in the surface water of the Cape Fear River, the Town of Carolina Beach has announced GenX has not been found in the groundwater in a press release Friday morning.

According to the release, Carolina Beach receives all of its drinking water from the Pee Dee and Castle Hayne groundwater aquifers. The tests conducted by NC State University professor Detlef Knappe and reported in June were based on surface water – not groundwater.

“In the past the Town of Carolina Beach has been part of many EPA authorized monitoring studies over the years to help identify and detect regulated and unregulated compounds in the Town’s water supply. In December 2014 and May 2015, the Town allowed our water to be tested by the EPA and Eurofins Eaton Analytical, Inc. for monitoring tests looking at 21 different types of chemicals including the family of chemicals related to GenX,” according to the release.

Tests did discover one of the 21 compounds, strontium, at a level at or above the testing level. “Strontium is a naturally occurring element on the periodic table and is present in most groundwater,” according to the release.

GenX compounds were not detected in either of the two aquifers during the time of the tests, but will Carolina Beach officials will conduct additional tests to look for trace compounds of GenX in the raw drinking water. The public will be informed of the results as soon as they are available.

“The Town of Carolina Beach drinking water continues to meet all state and federal drinking water standards and is safe to drink,” according to the release.

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