The groundwater monitoring found contaminants including:

  • low levels of PFAS
  • heavy metals including arsenic, nickel, lead and selenium
  • polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAHs are chemicals that are formed from the incomplete burning of coal, oil and other organic material.

The levels of these contaminants in the groundwater make it unsuitable to drink.

EPA is investigating the groundwater contamination. While that happens, if you have a groundwater bore, we recommend you:

  • Stop using it for drinking, irrigation or recreational use. For example, filling a swimming pool.
  • Stop using bore water ti water vegetable gardens.
  • Contact us for specific advice if you are using a groundwater bore for other purposes.

For information about having your bore tested, please contact us on 1300 372 842.

If you don't have a bore, you won't come into contact with the groundwater.

Read next

Fact sheet: Bore water use in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach (publication 1877)

Groundwater quality in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach

Groundwater quality in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach: EPA's role


Reviewed 7 July 2020