Recycled water is currently treated at our Lennox Head faclity. Our water recycling plant produces high quality recycled water that goes through a number of rigorous treatment processes in accordance with the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling and the NSW DPI Water Guidelines for Recycled Water Management Systems. Our recycled water is treated to a drinking water quality standard and is crystal clear.
Properties with recycled water are audited when they are first built and then every five years to ensure plumbing cross connections may have occurred. Recycled water users can check their property’s last audit date via the recycled water sticker located within their meter/power box. See the treatment and auditing factsheets below for more information.
Recycled water factsheets
Some housing estates in the Ballina Shire have dual reticulation (recycled water). This means that some taps and fittings in these homes are connected to recycled water, such as toilets, laundries and in the garden. These households can reduce their use of drinking water by up to 40%.
Recycled water comes from easily distinguishable purple-coloured pipes.
Our factsheets explain everything you need to know about recycled water:
WHERE RECYCLED WATER IS LIKELY TO BE IN THE FUTURE
In the future, recycled water will expand into new developments across our shire and all future housing estates in our shire will have dual reticulation.
Where possible, recycled water may also be provided to houses and businesses located near to recycled water pipelines and these properties may be eligible for rebates.
Recycled Water Overview
What is Recycled Water and What Can I Use it for?
Recycled water is water that originated as wastewater from toilets, showers, kitchens and laundries. The water has been treated to a high standard at a wastewater treatment plant to remove impurities and is now able to be reused by an increasing number of homes and businesses in the Ballina Shire.
You can't drink this recycled water but it is a great resource because it can be used for flushing toilets, washing clothes, washing cars, pathways and pets, for watering gardens including edible crops and for irrigation, business and industry.
And what's more, it's a drought-proof source, so you can use it to water your garden or wash your car even when we are in drought.