COMMUNITY NOTICE – Thursday, 24th October 2019

Published: October 24th 2019

You may have seen in recent media that Weipa has been named as a potential PFAS contamination site by the ABC and other media outlets.  

PFAS (or per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are common manufactured chemicals found in household products such as non-stick cookware, fabric, carpet stain protection applications, food packaging and in some types of fire-fighting foam.

In accordance with the Queensland Government’s guidelines regarding management of this chemical, Weipa has been conducting voluntary ground, surface and potable water testing since 2017 to understand any potential impacts for the Weipa community.  This has been performed in conjunction with QLD Health and the Department of Environment and Science (DES)

This program includes all supply water bores across the Weipa peninsula that are a part of Rio Tinto Weipa’s potable drinking water infrastructure network.  

Water testing results indicate that all potable water samples are well within National Drinking Water Quality Guidelines and do not pose a risk to the Weipa community.