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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

Army Aviation Centre Oakey

Oakey Management Activities

Defence is undertaking a range of precautionary management activities in Oakey. The aim of these activities is to remove PFAS from the environment and limit PFAS migration pathways.

Water Assistance

Defence is providing alternative sources of drinking water, as an interim and precautionary measure, to eligible residents located within the Oakey management area. For further information read the Drinking Water advice on the support page.

As part of a long-term and precautionary measure for the supply of drinking water, Defence funded Toowoomba Regional Council to provide access to the reticulated water supply system to residents who live within the Oakey Management Area. For further information, read the Toowoomba Regional Council advice on the support page or download the factsheet here.

Former Fire Station Water Treatment Plant

Since September 2017, a water treatment plant has been operating at Army Aviation Centre Oakey (AACO) in the Former Fire Station. The plant is treating contaminated groundwater on the Base and reinjecting the treated water back into the aquifer to remove PFAS from the environment.

Water Sampling Results

The Water Sampling Summaries track the PFAS concentrations against the limits defined by the relevant adopted drinking water screening criteria. They include results for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), 6:2 fluorotelomer sulfonic acid (6:2 FTS) and the sum of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS).

The water quality data is drawn from water samples on both untreated and treated water. The summaries of water sampling results can be downloaded below.

How does the water treatment plant work?