Testing by the independent National Association of Testing Authorities of “Dam 2”, from which water for firefighter training is drawn, confirmed E Coli, Psuedonoma Aeruginosa and suspended solids were within acceptable health guidelines.
The tests are conducted regularly as part of CFA’s water management plan for the facility. Final results are expected back later this week.
CFA Executive Director of Operational Training and Volunteerism, Lex de Man said the results are good news.
“The interim results received by CFA shows that everything is within acceptable limits and the water at Fiskville is in a good state and does not pose a threat to anyone using it for training,” he said.
Last week, CFA received some results which indicated the levels for Suspended solids and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were above the parameters.
As a precaution and in line with its Water Management Plan, CFA replaced the water in a holding dam (Dam 1) with mains water. The second dam, from which water is used for training purposes, was also treated.
“Further testing has since been undertaken and these testing results have returned showing the water is now ok,” Mr De Man said.
Training has continued using a mains water hydrant, albeit at a reduced capacity.
The mains water hydrant can only supply a maximum of two trucks on the training pad, while some training undertaken by recruit firefighters involves using five or more appliances at a time.
For this reason, while CFA waits for final test results, recruits will train at the Longerenong campus near Horsham in coming days.