Land and groundwater pollution
Find out about how we're preventing harm from land and groundwater pollution in Victoria.
When waste and chemicals pollute air, soil or water, they can contaminate land and groundwater. This can pose a potential risk to health and the environment.
Land contamination can happen when past waste disposal or industrial activities have caused pollution. Land contamination needs to be cleaned up and managed in the right way.
Groundwater collects and flows below the earth’s surface. People can use it for crops, industry and drinking water. If groundwater gets polluted it may be unsafe to use.
EPA is responsible for protecting Victoria’s land and groundwater from pollution and waste:
Australian Government Department of Health website
PFAS information from Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
Reviewed 9 September 2020