GenX Found in Wilmington Drinking Water

Learn more about this potentially dangerous chemical and how Culligan can help

"Don't drink the water" should never be said at home

Boy Drinking Water
A recent study of CFPUA water found alarming levels of the chemical GenX, with the utility unable to filter out the compound. Officials said the chemical "poses a 'significant' risk" to the 750,000 people who rely on the river for drinking water. The chemical is commercially produced at Fayetteville Works, an industrial site on the Cape Fear River, about 100 miles upstream from Wilmington.

GenX is in the perfluorochemicals family of man-made compounds used in a wide range of industrial processes and consumer products -- including Teflon and some cosmetics. GenX replaced PFOA -- commonly called C8 -- in 2009, after lawsuits that drinking water contaminated with C8 caused cancer. Its manufacturer says GenX has a "favorable toxicological profile," a term that describes its toxicity and adverse health effects.
Potential adverse effects related to cumulative exposure to perfluorochemicals in drinking Water
  • Birth defects and developmental issues during pregnancy or for breastfed infants including low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal formation issues
  • Cancer (testicular and kidney)
  • Liver tissue damage
  • Weakened immune system (antibody production and compromised immunity)
  • Thyroid hormone imbalances
  • Hypertension and High Cholesterol
Next Steps
Public water systems are required to notify consumers if water is contaminated. Consumers can also contact their local water supplier and ask for information on GenX, PFAS in their drinking water and request a copy of the Consumer Confidence Report. Learn more about PFAS and treatment options and view our water emergency quick reference sheet. Learn more about PFAS and treatment options and view our water emergency quick reference sheet.
The Culligan® Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System with a Total Defense Cartridge was tested in laboratory and field applications by North Carolina State University in 2017. The study found that Culligan's clear link reduced traces of GenX and other fluorochemicals to less than 10 ppt, a decrease of 95% compared to untreated tap water. Contact your local Culligan Office for pricing.
Bar graph illustrating Culligan's filtration of GenX
Culligan® Bottled Water DOES NOT use Wilmington City Water as the source water. Our bottled water is produced by North Carolina Bottled Water Company, an International Bottled Water Association member (IBWA). IBWA sets standards for their members that meet or exceed standards set by the FDA. IBWA Member bottlers are inspected by both the by the FDA and National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), to insure that IBWA guidelines are followed. By using an IBWA bottler as our producer, we are able to provide you, the consumer, with the best tasting and safest bottled water available.
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