For properties within the identified program area there is no change in potential risk, as groundwater should not be used for any purpose without testing. This position is supported by standing advice from the Department of Health that:
“Bore water should never be used for drinking, bathing, watering edible plants, filling swimming and paddling pools, food preparation or cooking unless it has been tested and treated to the extent necessary for the intended use”.
Therefore, if your property is within the program area, groundwater should not be used unless it has been tested and cleared for use.
If you are only using scheme water or rainwater in a tank, then you should not be affected.
Is an alternate water source available?
It is understood that only a small number of properties within the investigation area have bores and have been using groundwater, as most properties within the investigation area have access to scheme water.