Greater emphasis is being placed on using alternate water supplies in efforts to conserve drinking quality water. In South Australia, the reuse of greywater for watering gardens and lawns is permitted with the appropriate approvals.
Greywater includes wastewater generated from the bathroom, laundry and kitchen including shower, bathtub, hand basin, washing machine, kitchen sink and dishwasher.
Greywater does not include blackwater, wastewater from the toilet.
The quality of greywater can vary considerably, and may contain:
Some chemicals present in greywater can be beneficial for the garden while others may affect plant health and damage soil structure, for example:
It is essential that greywater reuse is done in a manner that minimises risks to the environment and public health.
People may choose to informally use greywater, for example, bucketing bath water or diverting laundry water onto their gardens. No approval is required for these activities but there are guidelines on how to carry out informal use in a safe manner. Click here to download the Department of Health guidelines for manual bucketing and temporary diversion of Greywater - January 2007.
Approval must be obtained before a greywater reuse system is installed.
Approval is usually undertaken by the Department of Health. However, within the Campbelltown Council area this process is administered by the Eastern Health Authority. It is advisable to discuss design considerations with the Eastern Health Authority before submitting an application.
An application fee applies.
Installation of a greywater reuse system must be undertaken by a licensed plumber.
Eastern Health Authority Telephone: 8132 3600
Department of Health Telephone 8226 7100