North Burnett drinking water safe from PFAS

Jul 20, 2018 | Front Page Feature, News

Following the PFAS incident in Bundaberg the North Burnett Regional Council has, at the request of the Chief Health Officer, recently participated in a statewide program to test all town water supplies including Mingo Crossing and Paradise Dam recreation areas.

Water samples were sent to Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services Laboratory in Brisbane for analysis.

Per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been in use since the 1950’s in a range of common household products and in some specialty applications including fire-fighting foams. It is the latter which in recent years has been found to have caused significant environmental contamination of ground water.

In 2017 the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines were amended to include a health guideline value for PFAS in potable drinking water in Australia.

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Cr Rachel Chambers reassures residents and visitors to the North Burnett region that all drinking water supplied by Council complies with these new health guidelines.

Should you have any enquiries regarding Council’s water supply please call Council on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC), or email Council admin@northburnett.qld.gov.au

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