Understanding greywater

Most people have a plentiful supply of greywater around the home, and if utilised properly, it could save thousands of buckets of drinking water. Read our handy advice on recycling your greywater below.

Greywater is the wastewater from the shower, bath, hand basins or washing machine and doesn’t include water from the kitchen sink or from toilets (known as black water). It is considered to be safe, provided that it is used in the appropriate way.

Greywater can contain certain disease-causing microorganisms, fats, oils, detergents, salts and more that are derived from the home and personal cleaning. If you switch to greywater-safe detergents and cleaning products, this should minimise the impact on your wastewater.

Using greywater can be as simple as bucketing it out by hand into the garden, or as complex as installing an automatic diversion, treatment and irrigation system.

Working safely with greywater

There are a number of do's and don’ts to be taken into account when installing and using a greywater system. These vary depending on the type of system used and the level of treatment.

Saving water in the laundry

Saving water in your laundry can be easy, check out our water-saving tips to turn your laundry into the most water-efficient room in your house.

Little habits make big changes

If you're thoughtful you can really make things go a long way, especially water.