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Utilities Division - Aug. 2, 2018

The City-County Utilities Division affirmed today that the treated water produced at the division's three water-treatment plants is safe to consume following reports this week that water in Greensboro may be contaminated with a chemical that can cause cancer. Utilities officials issued the following statement:

"Many customers may have seen recent reports regarding findings of the perfluorinated compounds PFOS and PFOA above the EPA's Health Advisory level of 70 parts per trillion. Although Greensboro's system is located geographically adjacent to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities system, our water supply is not impacted by these compounds, and we have not detected these compounds in water leaving our facilities nor in our raw water sources of the Yadkin River and Salem Lake. Winston-Salem's water supply watershed currently does not have industries or entities that use perfluorinated compounds in their manufacturing or operational process."

Bill Brewer, Utilities' water superintendent, said that the division voluntarily implemented quarterly testing for 39 different types of perfluorinated compounds this year after observing that utilities in the Cape Fear River basin were reporting contamination. The first quarterly test was completed in April and showed no detectible levels of any of the 39 compounds tested, Brewer said. Results for the second quarterly test are expected to be available next week. 

Brewer also noted that Utilities had previous tested for perfluorinated compounds during each quarter in 2014 as required under the EPA's Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule for that year. No contaminants were detected.

"The Utilities Division is committed to providing high quality water to our citizens," Brewer said. "Customers who have questions regarding our water quality or water-treatment process can call me at 336-946-2138, ext. 204, for additional information."

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