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Posted on: September 7, 2023

Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Advanced Filtration System Celebrates One Year of PFAS Removal

Granular Activated Carbon Filters upright during install.


MEDIA CONTACT: Colby W. Sawyer, MPA CEM | 919-542-4621 ext. 1108 |

Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Advanced Filtration System Celebrates One Year of PFAS Removal

PITTSBORO, NC – The Town of Pittsboro is proud to announce the first anniversary of its state-of-the-art Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) advanced filtration system. This system, which recently achieved the milestone of one year of operation, has seen remarkable success in removing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) from the Town's water supply, with the most recent results showing between 93% and 100% removal rates. On the first anniversary of the GAC system's operation, Spectrum News joined Town staff and Commissioners as they received a tour from the Water Plant Staff – the video of which can be viewed at

PFAS, often called "forever chemicals" due to their persistence in the environment and the human body, have been a growing concern for communities nationwide. Linked to a range of health issues, removing these chemicals from drinking water has become a top priority for many municipalities. Pittsboro's proactive approach to implementing our "Fast Track GAC" advanced filtration system years before it was required has positioned the Town as a leader in ensuring clean and safe drinking water for its residents.

"We recognized the urgency of addressing the PFAS issue and took immediate action to ensure the safety of our community," said Water Plant Superintendent Cory Saulsbury, "The results we've seen over the past year with the GAC system have not only met but exceeded our expectations. It's a testament to the power of innovation and the commitment of the Town to prioritize the health and well-being of our residents."

Key highlights from the past year include:

  • Consistent Performance: The GAC system has consistently demonstrated its efficacy, with removal rates staying well above our anticipated levels. This consistency ensures that residents can trust the quality of their water day in and day out.
  • Environmental Impact: Beyond the direct health benefits, reducing PFAS in the Town's water supply also means a decrease in releasing these chemicals back into the environment, contributing to a healthier ecosystem.
  • Community Engagement: The Town has prioritized education around the GAC system, hosting community sessions, holding tours, and providing resources to ensure residents are informed and confident in their water supply.

The GAC advanced filtration system uses activated carbon to attract and capture PFAS molecules, effectively removing them from the water. This method has proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce PFAS levels in drinking water. The success in Pittsboro is a model for other communities facing similar challenges.

As the GAC system moves into its second year of operation, the Town of Pittsboro remains committed to continuous monitoring and optimization. We conduct regular assessments, ensuring the system operates at peak performance and adapts to emerging challenges.

Residents are encouraged to stay engaged and informed. The Town will continue its efforts to provide resources, updates, and opportunities for community members to learn more about their water quality and the measures in place to protect it.

In celebrating this one-year milestone, Pittsboro is a beacon of hope and a model for other communities. The Town's proactive approach, combined with cutting-edge technology, has proven that it is possible to effectively combat the challenges posed by PFAS and ensure a safe, clean water supply for all.

For more information on the GAC advanced filtration system and the ongoing efforts in Pittsboro to ensure water quality or to schedule a tour of the Water Plant, please contact Colby Sawyer at

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