Following a release of findings from the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority on Friday, January 29, 2021, the City of Jacksonville would like to reassure City utility customers that their water is safe to use and consume. The media release from ONWASA stated the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) had been discovered near two of their wells within a mile of a Marine Corps Base landing field in the Holly Ridge area.
The City of Jacksonville draws its water from two sources located deep underground, and none are near the area in question. The first source is comprised of two well fields, one located off Gum Branch Road, and the other off Highway 258 near Richlands. The second source consists of 20 wells which pull from the Castle Hayne aquifer. The water is treated to microscopic levels at the City’s Water Plant.
Jacksonville water is tested several times a day, every day, in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Though City of Jacksonville wells are not near the area of the PFAS discovery, the City will conduct targeted testing of each well for PFAS in the coming weeks as a precaution.
There is no current boil water advisory in effect for City of Jacksonville utility customers. Should residents have questions about their City of Jacksonville water, they can call the City Water Plant at 910 938-5234.
ONWASA Information: https://www.onwasa.com/DocumentCenter/View/4031/Media-Release-MCOLF-Camp-Davis-South-PFAS-Release-1-29-2021-