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Fresh warning for contaminated water in NT

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

Northern Territory residents with properties near a military base have been told to switch to bottled water while tests of drinking water for chemicals linked to fire fighting foam is completed.

The NT Health Department has issued fresh warnings for rural Katherine residents with private bores near the Tindal RAAF base which may be contaminated by old fire fighting foams.

"As an additional precaution people in this region, in particular pregnant women are advised to consume bottled water, until alternative drinking water can be provided," the NT Health Department said.

The department advised people to contact the federal Defence Department to discuss the need for alternative drinking water while their supplies are tested.

Preliminary samples showed bore water in Katherine's water supply contain low levels of chemicals and a full analysis by the Territory government is expected within the coming weeks.

"There were no detectable levels of (chemicals) in Katherine river water which makes up the bulk of the Katherine public drinking water supply, so water can continue to be safely consumed," NT Health Department said.

The federal government is also testing private bore water supplies in the Katherine region which will form part of their 12 month national study.

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