“Water filtration systems installed at homes contaminated with GenX successfully removed the potentially harmful chemical and other similar compounds, state records show.

The state Department of Environmental Quality posted results Thursday from tests of a pilot project of six granular activated carbon filtration systems. All six showed no detection of GenX or about a dozen other compounds…

The state started investigating GenX about a year ago, after the Wilmington StarNews reported that researchers had found the compound in the Cape Fear River downstream from the Chemours plant. The chemical has since been detected in hundreds of private wells around the facility.

Chemours is offering to install the water filtration systems at homes with wells that have levels of GenX above the state’s health goal for the compound. The company also has said that it would maintain the systems, which cost $5,000 to $10,000 each.

Each filtration system is housed in a small building that resembles a storage shed. The water goes through several filters before it is sent to the residence.

Water from the systems was checked at all six locations on May 3 and May 16. Two of the sites had tests done previously.

State officials are still reviewing data from the May 3 tests, but the May 16 tests all show no detection of the chemicals.

Chemours officials have said they see the filtration systems as a long-term solution to the GenX contamination. They say the company also is reviewing the possibility of running municipal water lines to the area.

Michael Scott, director of waste management for the state Department of Environmental Quality, said the state sees the filter systems as an intermediate solution.”

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