2018 – South Nowra Rural Fire Service


The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has investigated the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination stemming from the historical use of fire-fighting foams at its South Nowra site, which is owned by Shoalhaven City Council (SCC).

PFAS was detected in some soil, sediment, ground and surface water samples.

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 South Nowra do not need to take any additional precautions to limit their exposure to PFAS.

PFAS investigations at South Nowra have now concluded.

RFS is developing a Site Management Plan to identify practical and sustainable measures to reduce PFAS impacts at the site. The NSW Environment Protection Authority will work with RFS and SCC to finalise the management options. Specific details on these activities can be found on the RFS website.