Elizabethtown’s water shows only trace amounts of GenX

By: Chrysta Carroll - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown’s water is free from GenX, so the Elizabethtown Town Council and staff learned Monday.

“We’ve always taken pride in the way we operate our water system, and we didn’t have any thought that we might have a GenX contamination issue,” Elizabethtown Assistant Manager Pat DeVane told the board at the noon planning session, “but we wanted to make sure we protect our citizens and provide them with good water, so we decided to voluntarily have it tested.”

The town enlisted Eurofins Eaton Analytical, Inc., the largest portable water testing laboratory in the nation. Town staff sent samples from wells No. 1 and No. 3 and had them checked for GenX, as well as for associated PFCs. The results came back below the measurable level.

“Another way of saying that is that we don’t even have enough to test, which is a good thing,” DeVane said.

The state’s health goal is 140 parts per trillion, and the tests used, according to DeVane, only measure down to five parts per trillion. Below that, any presence is only considered a trace amount, which is where Elizabethtown’s wells fall.

“It’s not enough to concern anybody,” DeVane remarked, also stating he was “pleased to share” the results with the board.

In other business, the board:

— Administered oaths of office to Paula Greene, Rufus Lloyd, and Herman Lewis, all of whom were re-elected in November to serve another term.

— Held a public hearing for, and subsequently passed an ordinance, reducing the speed limit along the entire distance of McLeod Street to 20 mph. The change was requested last month by Division of Aging Director Kelly Robeson, who cited “close calls” with wheelchair-bound residents on the street.

— Approved an agreement with T-Mobile for installation of temporary microwave equipment on the water tower on Swanzy Street. The agreement — an addition to an already existing contract — stipulates an 18-month term for which T-Mobile will pay the town $600 per month for using the tower for its equipment. Subsequently, renewal is automatic for two five-year periods unless cancelled. The equipment, similar to a satellite dish, will be installed on already existing T-Mobile mounts and antennae on top of the water tower.

— Re-appointed Wayne Edge and Jack Cross to serve on the Firefighters’ Relief Fund.

— Approved a roster of 37 certified firefighters. The list is required by the N.C State Firefighters’ Association and shows those eligible for certain benefits and pension fund credit.

The January meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council will be held Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing ccarroll@bladenjournal.com.

Chrysta Carroll

Bladen Journal