Using recycled water safely

Recycled water is not treated to the same quality as our potable (drinking) water supply. It is generally used for:

  • irrigation;
  • flushing toilets;
  • washing vehicles;
  • roadworks; and
  • maintaining sports grounds.

It is not suitable for filling swimming pools.

Classes of recycled water

There are five classes of recycled water: Class A, Class A+, Class B, Class C and Class D. Each class is of a different quality and is restricted to certain uses.  Below is a summary list of acceptable uses by Classification.  

Precautions for safe use

Please apply normal hygiene practices when using recycled water.

  • Wash hands with soap and potable water after use.
  • Wash any wounds that have come into contact with recycled water with an antiseptic wash and potable water.

If you accidentally drink recycled water, you should seek medical advice.

It is also important to ensure that recycled water equipment such as taps, pipes and tanks is appropriately marked with 'recycled water' or 'non-potable' signage, bears 'not for drinking' labels and is coloured purple.

If you store recycled water for periods longer than 24 hours, we recommend you consider ongoing chlorination (e.g. use of a floating chlorine dispenser).

Using recycled water fact sheets

Fact sheets for the different categories of recycled water users are found below. These contain information relating to the safe and appropriate uses of recycled water. Please note that precautions for safe use must be employed at the point of recycled water use.


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