The EPA has been undertaking environmental assessments in Woodville since May 2019, around a site on Port Road that undertook electroplating between 1950 and 1990.
In October 2019 the EPA advised that as a result of these activities, groundwater (bore water) is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and per- and poly- fluroalkyl substances (PFAS), and should not be used for any purpose.
The chemicals are not a health risk to residents unless you are using bore water.
From September 2020, the EPA is undertaking a third stage of work to determine how far the contamination has travelled, and has extended the assessment area (please see ‘Maps’ below).
At the conclusion of this next stage of work, it is likely that the EPA will propose to establish a groundwater prohibition area, subject to the outcome of community consultation.
For further information please see ‘Reports’ and previous ‘Community updates and fact sheets’ below.