Data shows ENC utilities don’t meet new PFAS drinking water standards

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – A study by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality shows multiple Eastern Carolina communities don’t meet new PFAS standards for drinking water.

The Biden Administration finalized new standards on Wednesday for PFAS in drinking water, saying they would “reduce exposure for 100 million people.”

Officials say so-called ‘forever chemicals’ are connected to cancers and other illnesses.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality compiled data for PFAS or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances found in drinking water across the state in 2022.

Each contaminant was assigned a maximum level, with PFOA and PFOS both being allowed a maximum of 4 parts per trillion.

Many water systems registered very high, like Fayetteville Public Works, which had a measurement as high as 63.9 parts per trillion.

In comparison, Greenville registered as high as 5.26 parts. The City of Rocky Mount as high as 8.58.

Neuse Regional Water and Sewer Authority, which provides water to Kinston and much of Lenoir County, had a reading as high as 7.01.

The Town of Maysville’s water supply was shut down in 2019 due to dangerous levels of PFAS.

They switched to Jones County Water until the problem was resolved and later added a new water filtration system, which was completed in December 2023.

PFAS is now no longer detectable in their drinking water.