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Pesticides, Waterways & Drinking Water

Image above: Locations on Australian Drinking Map where breaches to the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines have been recorded.

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March 2024: For the past few years, FoE Land Use Researcher Anthony Amis has been creating maps and databases focusing on pesticides, drinking water contaminants and PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl) chemicals. These websites have been most useful in the collation and dissemination of data to thousands of Australians concerned about these issues. No Government agency in the country provides or is responsible for getting this type of information out to the public. The maps have been set up with the technical assistance of Dvize

The Australian pesticide map can be found here:

The Pesticide Map was initially started in November 2016. Initially the site was created in order to collate all of FoE’s extensive files into pesticide pollution into one database.

The Australian PFAS Map can be found here:

The PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).map was created in July 2018. Interestingly this site is one of only a handful around the world mapping PFAS contamination.  Interest has also been generated in the United States regarding the Australian PFAS map PFAS chemicals are now being called ‘The Forever Chemicals’ as they can take centuries to break down in the environment.

The Australian Drinking Water Map can be found here:

After the creation of the Australian Pesticide Map, it became clear that although pesticides can threaten domestic water supplies, there are a host of other substances found more frequently and at higher levels than pesticides. It was decided that in order to better understand the full extent of drinking water contaminants a mapping site was required which would better inform what substances were of most concern and which communities were most at risk from drinking water problems. The site was started in November 2017.

The maps are also useful in determining strategies for campaigners and provide useful insights into the what has occurred locally, regionally and nationally. The maps provide historical information for individuals and  communities which in turn helps these communities better understand the complexity of the issues at hand and allow for discussion and further dissemenation of information.


Latest FoE Research

December 20 2020: Myponga Reservoir in South Australia. A National Pesticide Hotspot

August 8 2020: Chemical "Castration" of Marsupials by Herbicide Atrazine Revealed. Australian Regulator Silent


PFAS chemicals

Latest FoE Research

January 18 2024: TasWater PFAS Detections 2017-2023

December 14 2023: PFAS Chemicals, the A-Bomb and Ozone Hole

January 26 2023: PFAS Pollution of Food Growing Areas to Continue Under National Environment Management Plan

June 8 2022: PFAS in Victorian Biosolids. Compost, Fertilisers & Soil Conditioners Impacted

March 2 2022: Water Industry Pollution of Victorian Waterways with PFAS Chemicals

February 12 2022: PFAS Pollution of Groundwater from Victorian Waste Water Treatment Plants

January 26 2022: PFAS Chemicals in Victorian Drinking Water Supplies

May 8 2021: PFAS Contamination of Recycled Water and Biosolids


Drinking Water

Latest FoE Research

July 7 2023: Are Queenslanders Microdosing on Weedkillers in Their Drinking Water?

April 2023: Northern Territory Drinking Water Quality Report

June 12 2021: Uranium in Australian Drinking Water Snapshot

January 18 2021: South Australia's Number One Drinking Water Quality Concern?


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