The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will hold a community information meeting at the end of February to present updates on private well sampling underway for PFAS contamination in Columbus, New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties.
Speaker sign-up will be available upon arrival at the meeting that begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Heide Trask Senior High School Auditorium in Rocky Point.
DEQ staff will also answer questions from the public about the private well sampling and alternate water supplies.
At DEQ’s direction, Chemours is sampling for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, contamination in eligible private drinking water wells downstream of the Fayetteville Works Facility. Chemours is required to provide alternate water supplies to residents whose wells exceed specific action levels.
To have your well sampled, call Chemours at 910-678-1100. Messages to this phone number are monitored 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Chemours should respond within 24 to 48 hours starting on the next business day. If you don’t currently qualify for well testing, you may qualify in the future. Chemours is required to keep your contact information and notify you if testing expands to your area, DEQ officials said.
Additional well sampling information for residents, including criteria for eligible wells and other resources, are available on the DEQ website.