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CFPUA resumes underground water storage

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A man who believed his well water was making him sick may be one step closer to answers after getting the results of CFPUA testing.

On February 18th, CFPUA activated an underground water storage program near Westbrook Avenue and Military Cutoff Road.

"We've constructed an aquaphor storage and recovery well,” said CFPUA spokesman Mike McGill. “We're going to pump in about 200 million gallons of treated drinking water in to the PD aquaphor so that it can be drawn out during periods of high demand during the summertime."

McGill says there are similar wells across the country and in certain situations there are drawbacks during the testing phases. To ensure there were no problems in the Cape Fear region CFPUA sent out a letter to residents asking for their feedback.

"One of the things about this project is that we were told that when you pump in water into the aquaphor that you could have a situation where water could come up certain wells and we did receive a couple of calls,” said McGill. “Once we received those calls we went right out there to our customers and took samples and talked to them about the situation and immediately addressed it."

One call came from George Page, a man who is not a CFPUA water customer but felt that the testing had been causing him to break out in hives.

After testing samples taken from Page’s home Tuesday, McGill says his engineers have found the problem.

"It appears that our water was not connected in anyway,” said McGill. “His water is very hard, and ours that we're pumping into this aquifer is very soft. We are going to work with the customer to see if we can help him out with his water system to help address his situation."

George Page called the newsroom late Wednesday afternoon and said that the CFPUA explanation is false. Page indicated that he is seeking a medical opinion for his ailments and will be having an outside company test his water.

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