ALERT! ‘Do not drink the water’ alert issued to North Carolina counties due to dangerous fluoride levels

Posted by on April 25, 2018 4:53 pm
Tags:
Categories: Breaking News! Column 3

Residents are being told not to drink or cook with the water; boiling the water will not help

Approximately 30,000 customers north of Wilmington have been told not to drink or cook with their water by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. (Port City Daily photo | FILE)
Approximately 30,000 New Hanover County customers north of Wilmington have been told not to drink or cook with their water by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. (Port City Daily photo | FILE)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Thousands of residents living in New Hanover County just north of Wilmington may be at risk of fluoride poisoning and are being told not to drink or cook with tap water by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

According to robocalls made to residents in the northern part of the county, water from the CFPUA’s Richardson Nano Groundwater Treatment Plant has tested positive for excessive levels of fluoride, making it dangerous to drink or cook with.

According to the CDC, boiling water does not remove fluoride from water — although some home filter systems may do so.

The CFPUA also sent an email telling residents, in all capitalized letters, “DO NOT DRINK YOUR WATER,” and adding,”Failure to follow this advisory could result in illness.” No timeframe was given for the warning.

Nothern New Hanover County is served by both groundwater and water from the Cape Fear River. CFPUA provided a map (below) of service areas, which is also available here. Blue sections represent water sourced from the Cape Fear River; teal sections in the north and south are groundwater-sourced. The Richardson plant serves the northern area, which is affected.

Water sources for New Hanover County; the current fluoride issue affects the area north of Wilmington. (Port City Daily photo | CAPE FEAR PUBLIC UTILITY AUTHORITY)
Water sources for New Hanover County; the current fluoride issue affects the area north of Wilmington. (Port City Daily photo | CAPE FEAR PUBLIC UTILITY AUTHORITY)

CFPUA did not immediately respond to questions about how the fluoride levels got so high, or how long the warning was expected to last.

Leave a Reply