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PFAS Water quality FAQs

What is PFAS?

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of thousands of synthetic human-made chemicals. They are used in industrial and consumer activities for the treatment of heat, stains, grease and water (such as through some fire extinguishers).

PFAS does not fully break down within the environment.

Does Icon Water test for PFAS?

We maintain a precautionary approach, staying abreast of the science and testing our water supply as early as 2016. We have been conducting routine annual sampling for PFAS since 2020 with all test results below the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

When it comes to PFAS, we work with the ACT EPA, ACT Health and local industry as part of our water quality management.

Is there PFAS in Canberra's drinking water?

Canberra is in a fortunate position, with water supply coming from high in the catchment with low levels of industry.

Since testing started, PFOS, (a type of PFAS) has been detected twice in separate one-off instances that were not detected again in subsequent testing. No other types of PFAS have been detected.


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