“The Department of Defence will bankroll unlimited access to clean tap water for Williamtown – but not Katherine residents.

Williamtown in NSW is one of several military bases like Tindal RAAF Base which, has been leaching PFAS chemicals into the local water supply.

Households in Williamtown, forced to abandon their bores and hook into tap water, were promised their water bills would be paid by Defence for three years.

However only 30 per cent of property owners that already had a town water connection when the contamination was announced – in September 2015 – have been stung.

The Newcastle Herald reported last week that some residents have been facing skyrocketing water bills, as a result of being forced to abandon the toxic bores on their rural properties.

But Defence is not doing the same in Katherine, according to a Defence spokeswoman.”

Read the full article by Lydia Lynch.