Updated well water testing results and information posted

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:00am

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has posted updated results and summaries of well testing information posted earlier this month. This is the first time the well test results have been updated since the first results were posted to the DENR website April 30. Posted results are in continuation of well testing conducted earlier this year as part of a program to test wells near coal ash ponds throughout the state. 

You may view an updated summary of wells tested as of the date indicated here. You may view the updated raw data from the first round of well water testing here, which has an accompanying notes page here. Additional groundwater information in regard to coal ash can be found on the department’s well water testing page.

DENR updated its summary of well test results on May 19. The summary of well test results includes information on 44 additional wells since the April 30 report. The summary includes information about wells the state has tested. The number of additional well owners is greater than the numbers added to the spreadsheet since April 30 because the summary includes information on tests where DENR has not yet confirmed that well owners have received results.

DENR has also updated the report on the number of health risk evaluations that were produced by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and sent to homeowners along with the well test results. The updated summary includes information on 45 health risk evaluations that have been received by well owners since the first report April 30. Note: the summary of health risk evaluations was updated on May 15.

This well testing is part of groundwater assessments being conducted in accordance with the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014. DENR has required that Duke Energy pay for the testing of all water supply wells near each of the utility's 14 coal-fired electrical generating facility boundaries. 
The test results are being used to inform well owners about the quality of the water they are using, health risks and treatment options. This investigation is being used to guide the successful closure of the coal ash basins as directed by the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014.

For additional information about these updated results you can click here.