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Greensboro set to take on 'forever chemicals'

Nov 15, 2022

As Guilford County launches a new round of testing for a specific set of potentially hazardous chemicals in residential wells near Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro is looking to move forward with a treatment system that would remove nearly all traces of the substances from the city’s public drinking water in three to four years.

“We’re getting close to selecting a ... technology and we’re going to go ahead and pull the trigger on doing upgrades at our Mitchell Treatment Plant,” Greensboro Director of Water Resources Mike Borchers said Monday in reference to a $31 million project that was put on hold more than two years ago.

The technology will reduce “forever chemicals” in Greensboro’s drinking water system to “near non-detect levels,” Borchers added during an online press conference with county officials.

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