Burnett water safe to drink
MAYOR Rachel Chambers has reassured North Burnett residents their water is safe to drink following instances of PFAS contamination across the state.
Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, are chemicals used in a range of common household products, including in the manufacture of nonstick cookware; fabric, furniture and carpet stain protection applications; food packaging; and some industrial processes and speciality applications including fire-fighting foam.
Following the PFAS incident in Bundaberg and at the request of the Chief Health Officer, the council participated in a state-wide testing program that analysed 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.
Cr Chambers confirmed that all drinking water supplied by Council complies with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, which include recommended measures of PFAS in potable drinking water.
"I had not personally been contacted with concerns, however, I'm sure community members may have been worried,” Cr Chambers said.
"All community members can now rest assured that we have passed our PFAS test and our water is safe to drink across the region.”
According to the Department of Health, the "toxicity, mobility, persistence and bioaccumulation potential PFAS pose concerns for the environment and for human health”.
Experts believe fire-fighting foams are primarily responsible for significant contamination of ground water.
In addition to contamination from these foams, PFAS can be released into the environment from landfill sites where products and materials that contain these chemicals are sent for disposal, and into ground and surface water through sewer discharges.
The biggest concern about PFAS is that they don't break down in the environment and can travel long distances in water and air currents.
Should you have any enquiries regarding Council's water supply please call Council on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.