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By Erin Smith

More residents of Bladen County are receiving mailers from a Greensboro water testing lab soliciting tap water samples. Residents in the Happy Valley area of Bladen County are reporting having received a mailer on Thursday from DVR Labs soliciting water samples.

On Thursday, Ellen Gause a resident of Happy Valley, said they had received a mailer from the company in their mail box. The mailers arrive in a plain white envelope addressed to the rural route customer. Inside, there is a return mailer addressed to DVR Labs, care of Carolina Fresh Water of Greensboro and a blue form to be completed by the resident and a small tube to collect a sample of your tap water.

On Tuesday, residents residing in the Bay Tree Lakes community and NC 41 East reporting received similar mailers from DVR Labs care of Carolina Fresh Water of Greensboro.

BladenOnline.com reached out to Kip McClary, General Services Manager with Bladen County, regarding the mailer and he said Bladen County officials have not authorized any company to perform any water sampling or testing of county water.

Most likely, the company, Carolina Fresh Water of Greensboro, is seeking to offer residents home filtration systems in the wake of the GenX scare.

If residents have questions about their water, McClary said the results of the county’s tests are posted online at the official Bladen County website under Departments – Public Works,  or by typing in your browser:  https://bladennc.govoffice3.com/eb2017 or https://bladennc.govoffice3.com/wb2017.

Customers of Brunswick County’s H2Go were solicited for water samples in September 2017 with a similar mailer from the same company.