Some housing estates in the Ballina Shire have dual reticulation. 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:
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.