2018: Alexandria Fire and Rescue (NSW) – PFAS

Alexandria Fire and Rescue NSW

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has investigated per-and-poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination stemming from the historical use of fire-fighting foams at its Alexandria site.

Investigations detected PFAS in storm water drainage channels. The detection of PFAS is not unexpected due to the historical use of PFAS-containing fire-fighting foams at the site. PFAS has also been used in many domestic and industrial products and background levels may be present from these other sources.

Residents of Alexandria do not need to take any additional precautions to limit their exposure to PFAS. Alexandria residents are connected to reticulated water (town water) which is safe to use and residents surrounding the FRNSW site do not use water from the drainage channels for drinking or recreational use.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will continue to work collaboratively with FRNSW to develop an ongoing site management plan.

GHD Report: https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/gallery/files/PFAS/216302%20Alexandria%20PFAS%20Investigation%20Report.pdf