Power and Water in­creases test­ing

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

POWER and Water has now ramped up the num­ber of water tests it’s car­ry­ing out in the Kather­ine re­gion.

Sam­pling has in­creased from be­ing un­der­taken monthly, to weekly and more re­cently daily. Re­sults in­di­cate that per and poly-fluor-oalkyl sub­stances are present in both ground­wa­ter bores and sur­face water source wa­ters. The con­cen­tra­tions de­tected in the ground­wa­ter bores are above the health ref­er­ence val­ues for drink­ing water. Power and Water is aim­ing to achieve a typ­i­cal sit­u­a­tion where only river water is used. Last month, Kather­ine be­came the first Aus­tralian town to have com­pul­sory water re­stric­tions im­ple­mented due to PFAS con­tam­i­na­tion fears.

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