Blocks along Rendezvous Road affected by groundwater contamination

Gulp: Some residents have been recommended not to use groundwater as drinking water or for food preparation, showers, bathing, filling wading pools and laundry.
Gulp: Some residents have been recommended not to use groundwater as drinking water or for food preparation, showers, bathing, filling wading pools and laundry.

Recent testing confirms that groundwater beneath some blocks along Rendezvous Road, Busselton, has been contaminated from legacy use of the site.

The City is working with residents to implement precautionary measures until further testing reveals the full impact of the contamination. Detailed testing of groundwater samples in the area commenced some years ago.

Homeowners and residents have been briefed on the latest results and some lots along Rendezvous Road (immediately north of the former tip site) have been advised to restrict their potable use of shallow groundwater. Only a small number of properties within the investigation area rely upon shallow groundwater and the city is offering to supply potable water until investigations have been completed.

The map indicates properties north of the former tip site that warrant further investigation. Residents who live within the area can request their bore water to be tested by the city free of charge. To arrange for testing please call 9781 0359.

Director of Engineering and Works Services, Oliver Darby said that the city kept residents briefed on the situation and provided all testing results.

“Residents and homeowners have supported the testing process. Obviously they are very keen to ensure investigations continue so we can get a thorough understanding of the situation and determine the best course for remedial action if required,” he said.

Many local governments are faced with contamination issues from legacy sites.