PFAS resources

Industrial Contaminants in Pittsboro’s Drinking Water

PFAS (“forever chemicals”) and 1,4 Dioxane are industrial pollutants discharged into the Haw River, Pittsboro’s water supply, from industries upriver in Greensboro, Burlington, and Reidsville. Long term exposure can lead to cancers, high blood pressure, fertility issues, and many other serious health concerns.

What are the solutions?

Long Term: Haw River Assembly, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center has brought legal challenges to force Greensboro and Burlington to investigate the industrial sources of PFAS and 1,4-Dioxane in their wastewater streams so that action can be taken to stop it. Read more at

Powerpoint Presentations from Pittsboro Forum August 26, 2021

  • Dr. Heather Stapleton – download here
  • Dr. Detlef Knappe- download here
  • Dr. Jane Hoppin- download here

PFAS Testing Network

General Information about PFAS

What are the Hardison Amendments? Do they impact what the state can or cannot do? Link

What is the actual data coming from surface water samples in Pittsboro? PFASdata (1)

What can DEQ do right now, without legislation? One-Pager_DEQ Asks (1)

What can our elected officials do? Legislator Talking Points

Still have more questions or resource needs? Send an email to Haw Riverkeeper, Emily Sutton, at