Animation video showing how past industrial wastes affects groundwater
South Australia has a proud manufacturing history.
But we now know that historic use of chemicals has led to contamination in soil and groundwater.
This contamination can spread beneath the surface and needs addressing for current and future generations.
Many of the chemicals used by industry in the past leaked or were poured on to the ground to evaporate.
Fortunately, practices have changed.
We now have laws that prevent these practices occurring.
Soil and groundwater contamination can affect human health.
But only if there is:
A source - such as a chemical in groundwater
A pathway - such as extracting bore water with a pump
And a receptor - a person coming in to contact with that contaminated water.
Groundwater close to the surface is more likely to be contaminated than deeper aquifers.
That is why it is important to be informed about groundwater use from residential bores.
In some areas of Adelaide the EPA advises residents not to use bore water for any purpose.
If you are not sure whether there is any advice for your area, contact us or visit our website.
If there is no specific advice for your suburb, the EPA advises it is best to test your bore.