Onslow Co. provider says water safe from GenX


ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — While much of southeastern North Carolina worries about the safety of its drinking water, some neighbors have little to worry about, according to their water provider.

The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) says there is no danger of Cape Fear River chemical contamination in its drinking water supply.

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Providers in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties are trying to find out how much they need to worry and what they need to do about the discovery of a chemical compound called GenX in the drinking water supply they get from the Cape Fear River.

ONWASA says the 2.8 billion gallons of water it serves to 140,000 customers each year comes from deep, ancient underground aquifers. The utility says the aquifers have not been subjected to any known chemical contamination.

ONWASA says its system is not interconnected with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, where GenX was found in samples. The utility says chemicals from the Cape Fear River cannot migrate into ONWASA’s water supply. ONWASA also says it uses both conventional treatment methods and a reverse osmosis plant, which serves the southern part of Onslow County.