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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The state today honored the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority among 49 water systems in North Carolina that have surpassed federal and state drinking water standards.

The 49 systems received the NC Area Wide Optimization Award from the state NC Division of Water Resources’ Public Water Supply section. The awards are part of the NC Area Wide Optimization Program, which is an effort to enhance the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities.

Awards are given each year to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, a key test of drinking water quality. Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by individual particles that can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Microbes occur naturally, but can potentially include harmful bacteria and viruses. While all drinking water systems have to meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, these systems met performance goals that are significantly more stringent.


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