Recycled water is not approved for drinking purposes. It is not suitable for filling swimming pools.

Please follow the precautions in the table below and apply normal hygiene practices.

Business and commercial properties should implement a Recycled Water Management Plan for the site. Unitywater's Customer Service staff will assist you to develop your plan from our template. 

Restrict public access to the recycled water by:

  • allowing a minimum 30 metre buffer zone between the public and the nearest public access point; and
  • ensuring no spray drifts beyond boundaries of the recycled water usage site.
Control any drifting spray by, for example: ensuring low boom spray positions; using large size nozzles on spray equipment to create large droplets instead of mist; not using recycled water in windy conditions; or using vegetation screening.
If using recycled water, wash hands with soap and potable water (town water) before eating, drinking or smoking and at the end of the working day.

When using recycled water classes A - D, minimise your exposure to recycled water by:

  • using waterproof gloves at all times when using it;
  • conducting a risk assessment about the use of recycled water in the workplace; and
  • ensuring all employees or others exposed to recycled water are trained in appropriate health and safety procedures.
Ensure correct signage is in place in appropriate locations (e.g. high traffic areas adjacent to the area of use, front reception areas, public congregation areas).
Recycled water warning signEnsure that recycled water equipment, taps, pipes, tanks etc are appropriately labelled with "recycled water", "non-potable water" or "not for drinking", and that the colour lilac (purple) is used for all pipes  and accessories. All taps should be lockable.
Do not irrigate with recycled water if there is a risk that the public will ingest, breathe or make skin contact with droplets.
Do not drink, shower or bathe in recycled water.
After contact with skin, wash immediately with potable water.
Avoid contact with eyes - wear safety glasses or similar.
  • Wash your hands with soap and potable water after use (and especially before eating, drinking or smoking).
  • If you have friends, visitors or customers over, let them know of the precautions when using recycled water (i.e. the items on this page). Always ensure that recycled water fixtures (taps and pipes) are coloured purple and labelled with ‘recycled water’, ‘non-potable’ or ‘not for drinking’ signs.
  • Wash any wounds that have come into contact with recycled water with an antiseptic wash and potable water.
  • 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).

If you accidentally drink recycled water and develop any symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea, you should seek medical advice.

Restrict the amount used to avoid water pooling and to minimise run-off into waterways.

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