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Precautionary PFAS water treatment plant in NT

A long-awaited treatment plant to reduce PFAS chemicals in the Northern Territory town of Katherine's drinking supply has arrived.

The town's bores, drinking supply and local pool are contaminated with traces of the chemicals which were used in firefighting foam at the nearby Tindal airbase from the late 1990s to the early 2000s.

The levels of PFAS in the town's pool and drinking supply are within the deemed safe guidelines and the latter, which is a mix of contaminated bore water and river water, is currently being kept under the limit with water restrictions.

The Defence Department said the plant was only a precaution, as advised by NT Health and NT Power and Water Corporation, and maintained the town's water was safe to drink.

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