Lead in Port Pirie

Port Pirie, South Australia (located 230km north of Adelaide) is the location of one of the world’s largest primary lead and zinc smelters, and the third largest silver producer, which has been in continuous operation since 1889.

Over time airborne lead-contaminated dust produced during smelting operations has been transported by wind and deposited throughout the city, in houses and on properties. This environmental contamination is an ongoing source of lead exposure for the community.

Reducing your exposure to lead  

There are many ways you can reduce or prevent your exposure to lead in Port Pirie. The Environmental Health Centreprovides important information about lead to families, especially those planning a family or those with young children.

See the following information on ways you can reduce or prevent exposure to lead in Port Pirie: