First results are in from the N.C. State University GenX Exposure Study

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Researchers with N.C. State shared their latest on how much Gen-X is actually coming out of the taps in Wilmington.

Doctoral researcher Nadine Kolartz talks study findings

No one knows what Gen-X does to our bodies, there are no tests that analyze human exposure. This study hopes to resolve that.

“If I lived here, I would take measures to reduce my exposure,” said Postdoctoral Research Scholar Nadine Kolartz.

N.C. State researchers found the average in home Gen-X levels to be well below the state health goal. Kolartz says the average contamination is 45 parts per trillion within the samples they took in 198 homes.

It was information Dr. Detlef Knappe presented on water filters that neighbors say was piece of information they needed to know to move forward.

“If you want a barrier against a number of different chemicals in the water the RO is more effective than the carbon block filter,” said Dr. Knappe.

“I was really happy Dr. Knappe updated his information on the home filters,” said Katie Gallagher.

Knappe said a student of his tested a series of reverse osmosis in home filters along with activated carbon filters at different scales in the home. Knappe’s results showed both systems help filter Gen-X in their initial tests with reverse osmosis being the strongest and most consistent.

“I haven’t bought a water filtration system yet because of the expense of not knowing which brand to buy,”said Julie Neill who is taking part in the study. “After coming here I am sure that we need reverse osmosis.”

Neill is a part of the study because she’s seen toxic chemicals affect her family in the western part of the state. Knappe said in home RO is the preferred solution but it could cost people like Neill thousands of dollars.

“It confirmed my belief that I think the plant should have to provide that, before they dump it in the water,” said Neill.

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