Katherine Town Council claim they have erected signs to warn people about toxic PFAS bores operating in parks and gardens around town.
“We have installed signage to alert members of the community where bore water is used to irrigate the parks and gardens,” a council documents reveal.
“This is a prudent measure as bore water from urban areas should generally be avoided, even if the risk of PFAS exposure was not present due to the potential for other contamination issues.”
The signs erected to “alert” the community of bore water – almost double the safe levels for recreational use – do not mention PFAS.
Council has also “expanded bore capacity” at the sports grounds to allow them to water during at night “when the risk of human contact is low”.
A council bore at the sports grounds recorded a PFAS reading of 1.06 micrograms per litre. – above the safe recreational level of 0.7, and 15 times the safe drinking level of 0.07.
Last year the health department erected PFAS contamination warning signs along the Katherine River, telling people not to eat fish from the river.
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