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Posted on: May 22, 2019

NCDEQ recognizes Sweeney WTP for higher standard of drinking water treatment

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CFPUA’s Sweeney Water Treatment Plant is among 57 drinking water plants in North Carolina recognized by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) for treating drinking water to a higher standard in 2018 than required by federal and st...

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Posted on: May 22, 2019

CFPUA looks to reduce PFAS in wastewater, study biosolids management options

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Cape Fear Public Utility Authority staff will spend the next fiscal year examining health, environmental, financial, and other implications of various options for managing biosolids, with the goal of developing a long-term, sustainable strategy for the co...

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Posted on: May 9, 2019

NCDEQ to begin testing New Hanover County groundwater for PFAS

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State regulators this week said they plan to begin testing groundwater from monitoring wells in New Hanover County for the presence of PFAS compounds.

Officials and staff from New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington, and Cape Fear Public Utility Authori...

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Posted on: May 8, 2019

Additional filters targeting PFAS among items on CFPUA’s FY2020-2029 capital improvement plan

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board on Wednesday voted to adopt a 10-year capital improvement plan (CIP) outlining $257.5 million in investments in the community’s water and wastewater systems.

The plan for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

Sewer work starting on Monday may result in lane closures on S. College

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Drivers may experience temporary lane closures on portions of South College Road starting Monday, May 6, as Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s contractor conducts inspections and maintenance on sanitary sewer mains.

Work will occur in the night...

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

Tests show no PFAS in water from CFPUA’s Richardson Plant; some detections in 3 wells

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Drinking water distributed by the Richardson Water Treatment Plant continues to show no detections of PFAS compounds, according to recent monitoring conducted by Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

Richardson, which provides water to the second-largest of ...

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

CFPUA board approves terms to provide mutual aid water to Town of Wrightsville Beach

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board on Wednesday approved an interlocal agreement (ILA) with Wrightsville Beach to provide water to the Town for three years at CFPUA’s Short-Term Mutual Aid Bulk Water Rate of 65 cents per 1,000 gallons....

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

CFPUA board OK’s steps to obtain construction bids, funding for long-term solution to filter PFAS

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority board on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution authorizing CFPUA staff to move forward on key steps toward building upgrades at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant to filter GenX and other PFAS compound resulting fro...

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

PFAS reduction steps, Wrightsville Beach mutual aid highlight busy CFPUA board meeting

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority board on Wednesday moved forward with long-term steps to reduce PFAS in drinking water, OK’d a short-term agreement to provide water to Wrightsville Beach, and reviewed CFPUA’s proposed operating ...

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

CFPUA's Annual Flushing Program Begins April 1

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Beginning Monday, April 1, and continuing throughout the summer months, CFPUA water quality crews will be conducting our annual flushing program in the 010 (Sweeney) system. Flushing is a routine maintenance operation, conducted by thousands of water util...

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Posted on: March 25, 2019

State does not approve CFPUA grant application for PFAS treatment

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The State Water Infrastructure Authority has denied an application by Cape Fear Public Utility Authority for a $46.9 million grant to fund upgrades at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant to filter GenX and other PFAS compounds resulting from decades of discharg...

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

CFPUA agrees to make special water rate available to Town of Wrightsville Beach

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board on Wednesday approved a special temporary bulk water rate that is available to the Town of Wrightsville Beach. The Board also authorized Board Chairman William Norris and CFPUA staff to negotiate an interlocal ...

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Posted on: March 14, 2019

CFPUA watching recent rise in 1,4-dioxane levels, consulting with NCDEQ

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CFPUA is working with regulators to understand the cause of a recent instance of increased in levels of 1,4-dioxane in water drawn from the Cape Fear River.

CFPUA has an ongoing, periodic testing program for 1,4-dioxane, which is used in industrial solvent...

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Posted on: March 6, 2019

UPDATE: CFPUA to work with City, neighbors on buffer options

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On Monday, CFPUA stopped the clearing of an easement it owns within the RiverLights subdivision after receiving a stop-work order from the City. This work was part of the initial phase of a project to install a new 16-inch water main to serve residential ...

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Posted on: February 25, 2019

Judge approves Chemours consent order

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A Bladen County Superior Court judge on Monday approved a consent order stipulating measures Chemours must take reduce PFAS releases and address their impacts.

The consent order outlines terms Chemours must meet to settle a lawsuit filed by the North Carol...

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Posted on: February 21, 2019

Revised consent order a substantial improvement, imposes additional requirements on Chemours

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The terms of a revised consent order between the state regulators and Chemours made public Wednesday do not stipulate that Chemours shall never again release any PFAS compounds. Nor do they require the company to take whatever remedial steps are necessary...

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Posted on: February 14, 2019

EPA takes positive step toward regulating PFAS

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Beginning the process of setting federal maximum contaminant levels (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS is a significant, promising step toward establishing regulatory certainty for CFPUA and other agencies responsible for providing safe water to our communities.

The ...

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Posted on: February 12, 2019

Monitoring finds Chemours' PFAS in ASR, nearby wells

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Cape Fear Public Utility Authority continues to work with state regulators to determine the extent of effects on the local community from decades of PFAS compound releases by Chemours and DuPont.

CFPUA’s efforts include testing wells near our Aqu...

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Posted on: January 16, 2019

CFPUA, scientists study options to remove PFAS from groundwater

Sampling water drawn from the ASR.

Funds for the project, which targets water from CFPUA’s Westbrook Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Well, were allocated last year by the N.C. General Assembly.

The results will guide decisions on potential technology to ensure safe drinking water for CFP...

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