Greywater recycling

Greywater can be used to supplement your farm’s water supply. In the home, it can be used for laundry and toilet flushing. Outside of the home, greywater can be used to water garden plants (but not vegetables), wash machinery and vehicles, and keep dust down around the house.

Things to consider

Unless you have a proper treatment facility you should not store greywater.

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.

There are also biodegradable washing products that make your greywater safer to use.

Two benefits of using greywater include the reduced need for freshwater and the reduction in the amount of wastewater entering sewers.

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References used for this topic page

More information:

Department of Health (WA)
Greywater

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities
Guidelines for developing recycled water schemes in horticulture

Sustainable Earth Technologies
Grey Water Treatment

Better Health Channel
Greywater recycling water at home

Research & reviews:

Journal of Water, Air and Soil Pollution
Reuse of domestic greywater for the irrigation of food crops

Sydney Water
Greywater re-use

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: 4th May, 2020