RAAF Tindal pool within safe PFAS limits

The public is permitted to swim at the Tindal pool until town pool is safe. Photo: Peter Braig
The public is permitted to swim at the Tindal pool until town pool is safe. Photo: Peter Braig

Katherine swimmers have been invited to use pool facilities at RAAF Base Tindal until the town pool is safe again.

“The water from the Tindal pool is supplied from the Katherine Town Water,” a defence spokeswoman said. 

“The pool has been tested for PFAS and was found to be below the recreational guidelines at 0.45ug/L. Testing for PFAS levels in the pool will continue on a regular basis.”

The town’s public swimming pool has recorded readings of 0.84 micrograms per litre. 

The safe limit for recreational use is 0.7 micrograms per litre. 

The Tindal pool will be open to the public from 6am until 8pm while the town pool is shut. 

“RAAF base understands the importance of supporting the local Katherine community and is working closely with the Katherine Town Council to restore the Katherine YMCA pool,” a defence spokeswoman said. 

Adult swimmers must come to the pool with photo ID to be permitted inside. 

Children do not need ID, but the adult accompanying them must have photo ID. 

Entry to the RAAF Tindal pool is free. 

Katherine’s public swimming pool breached safe levels of chemical contaminants in the water in late September. 

Katherine Town Council closed the pool for a fortnight to fix the problem. 

The public swimming pool has recorded readings of 0.84.

Katherine Town Council CEO Robert Jennings said as an interim solution other sources of water would be secured to replenish the pool and further testing would be undertaken.

“This is a precautionary move, we have put a plan in place with a two week turn around time,” Mr Jennings said.