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RAAF Base Tindal PFAS update

posted 01-Nov-2018

RAAF Base Tindal PFAS update and photo - courtesy of Coffey.

Defence are currently installing two water treatment plants at RAAF Base Tindal to remove PFAS from the groundwater in the Tindall Aquifer as part of Defence’s commitment to managing and remediating PFAS contamination in Katherine.

The treatment plants (image attached) are located on Base as they will work more efficiently to treat the contaminated groundwater near source sites, such as the Fire Station and Fire Training Area. The treatment plants will extract contaminated water from the Tindall Aquifer, treat it to remove PFAS and then re-inject it into the aquifer.

Construction of the first water treatment plant, located at the Fire Training Area on Base, will soon be completed and is expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2019. The second treatment plant at the Fire Station Area on Base is expected to be operational around mid-2019.

The additional water treatment plants will form part of Defence’s actions under the PFAS Management Area Plan (PMAP). The PMAP will present options to manage and reduce the risks of PFAS exposure near RAAF Base Tindal and outline a plan for ongoing monitoring.. The PMAP is expected to be completed and released in November 2018.

If you have any questions about the water treatment plants, or the environmental investigation, please contact the information line on 1800 316 813 or via return email.

RAAF Base Tindal PFAS Investigation Information Line

Information Line: 1800 316 813