PFAS in the Haw River and Pittsboro

PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, are a group of man-made chemicals that are often referred to as “forever chemicals” due to their long persistence in the environment.
In June 2017, PFAS drew wide media coverage in NC when drinking water wells in New Hanover and Brunswick counties were found to be contaminated with a new type of PFAS chemical known as "GenX". Not long after, researchers at Duke University and NC State University formed a team to study PFAS in the NC Piedmont area. Our current study seeks to understand sources of PFAS to the Haw River, its tributaries, Jordan Lake, and to evaluate exposure and health risks in local communities.


We are currently studying the Pittsboro community's exposure to PFAS.

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Study Goals

Learn more about our collaborations and the scope of our PFAS study here.

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Study Results

Our PFAS study is currently ongoing but we have some interesting results to share so far.

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Visit our FAQ page if you have more questions about PFAS in the Haw River.

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PFAS Updates

PFAS Exposure Study Nov. 2021

The GenX Exposure Study is coming to Pittsboro! Clinical data will be collected at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center (1192 US-64 BUS, Pittsboro, NC 27312) on Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th.

People ages 6 and older who have used Town of Pittsboro or Aqua NC water for at least one year are eligible to participate. Up to four people per household can enroll. People who complete the clinic visit will receive $20 at the end of the visit.

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