Well water test results update to be posted next week

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:00am

The NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources will post the third round of well water testing results next week.

The first round of test results and summaries were posted May 5th, updated results were posted May 20th and the latest updates are being gathered for posting the week of June 8.

Testing and retesting of water supply wells within approximately 1,500 feet of a coal ash pond compliance boundary is underway. Third party state-certified laboratories will contact impacted well owners about the well sampling process.

This well testing is part of groundwater assessments being conducted in accordance with the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014. Duke Energy is paying 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.

Many constituents that were tested in the public and private drinking water wells may be naturally occurring or unrelated to coal ash ponds.

Groundwater samples from supply wells are being collected and tested and retested where necessary, for constituents associated with coal ash, including: aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, boron, cadmium, calcium, cobalt, total chromium, hexavalent chromium, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, mercury, nickel, potassium, selenium, sodium, strontium, thallium, vanadium, zinc, chloride, sulfate, pH, alkalinity, bicarbonate, carbonate, and total dissolved solids.