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DEQ Holds Community Meeting in Columbus Co. on Private Well Sampling

COLUMBUS CO., NC (WECT) – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a community information meeting on Tuesday, November 29 at the Riegelwood Community Park Community Center.

“DEQ will share updates on ongoing private well sampling for PFAS contamination in Columbus, New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties,” a press release read. “Staff will also answer questions from the public about sampling private wells and alternative water supplies.”

Speaker registration will be available upon arrival at the meeting.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

“Under DEQ’s direction, Chemours is sampling PFAS contamination in eligible private drinking water wells downstream of the Fayetteville Works facility,” DEQ’s statement read. “Chemours is required to provide an alternate water supply to residents whose wells exceed specific action levels.

“To have your well sampled, call Chemours at (910) 678-1100. Messages to the Chemours hotline are monitored during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); Chemours should respond within 24-48 hours from the next business day. Chemours also sends letters to well owners/residents requesting information on major drinking water sources and offering sampling.

Additional information on well sampling for residents is available on the DEQ website here.