Wilmington

Research assistant with urine samples from May 2018 re-sampling of Wilmington residents.
Research assistant with urine samples from May 2018 re-sampling of Wilmington residents.

The GenX Exposure Study began in November 2017 assessing whether GenX and related chemicals were noticeable in the bodies of Wilmington residents. Wilmington residents were made aware that GenX was present in their drinking water in the summer of 2017. 

In total, 344 people enrolled and participated in the GenX Exposure Study. All participants met the following criteria:

  • People have lived in New Hanover County since Nov. 2016
  • Age 6 or older
  • Men and non-pregnant women
  • Willing to provide blood, urine, and questionnaire information¬†
  • Primary drinking water source is from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority

Timeline

May – June 2017: Wilmington residents learned that their drinking water was contaminated with GenX.

Nov. – Dec. 2017: Tap water, blood, and urine samples were collected.

April 2018: We hosted a community meeting to present the initial water results of the GenX Exposure Study. The event was free and open to the public with close to 80 community members attending.

May 2018: 44 original participants provided a second blood sample and 35 new participants enrolled in the study.

Nov. 2018: We mailed letters out to participants with results for PFAS in blood and hosted two community meetings in Wilmington.

View our results from this part of the study on our “What We Are Measuring” page.

In total, 345 people enrolled and participated in the GenX Exposure Study. All participants met the following criteria: People who have lived in New Hanover County since November 2016; Age 6 or older; Men and non-pregnant women; Willing to provide blood, urine, and questionnaire information; Primary drinking water source in your home is provided by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. Nov. 8 to Dec. 10, 2017: Tap water, blood, and urine samples were collected. Analysis on the tap water was recently completed, and results were mailed to study participants. April 17, 2017: We hosted a community meeting to present the initial water results of the GenX Exposure Study. The event was free and open to the public with close to 80 community members attending. May 5, 2018: 44 original participants provided a second blood sample, 45 provided a second urine sample, and 35 new participants enrolled in the study. Nov. 9, 2018: We mailed letters out to participants with results for PFAS in blood. Nov. 12, 2018: We hosted three community meetings in Wilmington.
Updated August 2019