PFAS found near ONWASA water wells

Published: Jan. 29, 2021 at 4:54 PM EST
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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Two deep wells that provide drinking water to Onslow County have been taken off-line after PFAS was detected nearby.

The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority halted operations on the two wells Wednesday night, less than an hour after being notified by Camp Lejeune.

A Camp Lejeune spokesperson told WITN that the chemicals were discovered in the ground water on Camp Davis, and they requested permission to survey private water wells, including two operated by ONWASA in Dixon, within one mile of where the chemicals were discovered.

PFAS, or perflouroalkyl and polyflouroalkyl substances, are known as “forever chemicals”. They are a family of synthetic chemicals that do not breakdown easily in the environment or on our bodies.

Camp Lejeune found PFAS at their Outlying Landing Field at Camp Davis near Holly Ridge.

“There’s no evidence at this time that there are any chemicals or any problems in the two wells that we shut down,” said ONWASA CEO Jeffrey Hudson. “We did that out of an abundance of caution. We did pull samples and we sent those samples to an independent laboratory in Wilmington who can just verify that our well water there is free of any PFAS.”

The two public water wells are within one mile of the landing field.

ONWASA says it gathered water samples from the wells on Thursday and test results should be back by next Thursday.

A statement from a Camp Lejeune spokesperson said the base has found no evidence of the chemicals in drinking water, only ground water, and they have not shut off any drinking supplies at this time.

The water utility says the two wells, which went online on November 19th, only produced 2.2% of the raw water supplied to the Dixon Water Treatment Plant.

ONWASA says in 2019, they tested all their water sources and found no reportable levels of PFAS.

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