Tuesday, August 1, 2017

On That Strange Chemical In Greensboro's Water

You've probably already read Potentially dangerous chemical found in Greensboro drinking water by journalist Taft Wireback. In it Mr Wireback points out:

"Greensboro Water Resources Director Steve Drew said city officials and two private consultants have been looking for the local source of PFOS without success.
“We’re basically doing a CSI-type investigation in the upper reaches of the watershed upstream of Lake Higgins and Lake Brandt,” Drew said."

I've e-mailed Greensboro City Manager Jim Westmoreland and City Attorney Thomas Carruthers to inform them of one possible source but can't release any more information at this time. And I could be dead wrong.

But there's another potential source that fits the profile and no one is talking about it.

Before I tell you that source allow me to share with you the uses of perfluorooctane sulfonate from Wikipedia:

Now did you happen to notice the first on the list was:

"PFOS was the key ingredient in Scotchgard, a fabric protector made by 3M, and numerous stain repellents."

And as Mr Wireback noted in his article:

"...to parking lots where workers wash down the pavement with cleansers that include PFOS as an ingredient, Drew said."

Change parking lots to drive ways, add washing machines and septic systems all located within the watershed of the Greensboro City lakes and you just might find another potential source of  perfluorooctane sulfonate seeping into our drinking water.

Years ago I was one of the many who expressed outrage when the Greensboro City Council decided to allow construction on Greensboro's watersheds.

And while I can't say for certain that is the reason our drinking water is in question, the City of Greensboro needs to be prepared to deal with the possibility that runoff from residential properties built on the Greensboro watershed might be the problem they claimed it would never become.

After all, not all of us can afford bottled water.