VA now stepping in with clinic’s water issue
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After failed attempts to get the water back up and going at the Wilmington VA clinic, the VA has decided to get its own company to sample the water.
The facility has been at the center of a water controversy since late March when WWAY first reported the clinic was issued a “Do Not Use Water” notice by CFPUA.
High levels of iron and other metals were found in the water. Officials determined the pipes were causing a chemical reaction. Attempts to remedy the issue have been unsuccessful by the building’s owner, Summit Smith Healthcare Facilities. The building owner submitted two consecutive tests to CFPUA; the first test passed, while the second test was inconclusive. The attorneys representing building’s owner then sent CFPUA a cease and desist order claiming CFPUA had no authority to issue the order. Both the VA and CFPUA disagreed with the attorneys. The New Hanover County Health Department then stepped in last Friday and issued their own notice restricting water usage, which is allowed by law.
The VA said in a news release Tuesday afternoon they’ve brought in a leading global water and environmental hygiene company to take their own samples of the contaminated water. The company, Nalco, took tests Monday. Those results are expected back by the end of the week.
“We want to make it absolutely clear to our Veterans that we are committed to ensuring their health care needs are met during this unfortunate ordeal,”said a statement from the Fayetteville VA’s director.