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Greywater recycling

Greywater recycling

Greywater can be used to supplement your farms water supply. It can be used in the house for laundry and toilet flushing. Greywater can also be used outside of the home to water garden plants (but not vegetables), wash-machinery and vehicles and keep dust down around the house.

Take care when using greywater. Make sure farm animals and pets don’t drink it and that it doesn’t run into creeks or other waterways. Unless you have a proper treatment facility you should not store greywater. There are also biodegradable washing products that make your greywater safer to use.

References used for this topic page

More information:

Department of Health (WA)
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities
Guidelines for developing recycled water schemes in horticulture
Sustainable Earth Technologies
Grey Water Treatment

 

Research & reviews:

Journal of Water, Air and Soil Pollution

Fast facts:

Greywater recycling

  • Grey water from basins, washing machines, showers and baths can be used on garden plants. Do not use water from toilet systems.
  • Use grey water with care. Don’t store grey water; use it immediately on your garden or for washing cars or farm vehicles.
  • Make sure grey water does not run or leech into creeks, dams or other waterways and do not use it for stock or other animals

Last updated: 22nd November, 2016