Water that is used to train CFA volunteers has been reported as contaminated in the latest findings from water contamination experts even considering that mains water is used for putting out training fires.
The report revealed that the dams that are located at the Fiskville base, when tested last month, had unacceptable levels of suspended solids that can have toxic chemicals attached to them. This renders the water difficult to filter for safe use by humans.
It was recommended that the controls that are included in the Water Management plan for the base should now be implemented with the pit being cleaned, the water replaced with fresh mains water and it is recommended that a containment wall be built to prevent run off entering the dam.
The report also stressed that while the level of suspended solids was above the acceptable standards the water was still seen as safe as there is no direct impact on the health of humans.
There is a history of safety water standard breaches at Fiskville with over 50 recorded since 2000 and the Union is concerned for the people that work and train at the site.
The review and testing of the water is ongoing and the water in the pit dam has already been drained and replaced.