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At least 1 million people living from Pittsboro to Wilmington in the Cape Fear River Basin could be exposed to high levels of toxic perfluorinated compounds.
However, that figure — equivalent to 10% of North Carolina’s population — is an undercount, because these compounds have been detected in groundwater and other river basins, including the Neuse.
Now two towns, Pittsboro and Fuquay-Varina, facing greater demand for water than they can supply, are considering tapping into another public utility for water: Sanford, where PFAS have also been detected in drinking water.
The towns’ quandaries illustrate the interconnectedness of communities and water supplies; they also raise questions about where utilities will get their water when the supplies are so widely contaminated.