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“Bundaberg Regional Council had test results from September last year which showed elevated levels of chemicals in one of the regional Queensland city’s reservoirs, but only acted on them last week.

Queensland Health has advised the water supply for the Svensson Heights area has been contaminated by PFAS chemicals at twice the national standard.

About 5000 people are thought to be serviced by the reservoir.

Queensland Health said the council conducted routine testing in September last year, but only approached the Wide Bay Public Health Unit last Thursday, April 5, to flag an issue.

Council then conducted further tests, and turned off the water supply from that reservoir on Wednesday this week, six days after the initial finding.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said people in the area where having blood tests but she insisted the risk to the community was minimal…

Liberal National Party Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has accused the state government of sitting on the issue for a week to avoid bad publicity while Prince Charles was visiting Bundaberg.”

Read the full article by Stuart Layt.