The water recycled at our wastewater treatment plants is put back into use. You can read about some of those uses here.
Recycled water supplied to your home can be easily identified. It's distributed in purple pipes. The water is supplied separately from your drinking water.
Recycled water has many benefits including:
You can use recycled water for things like:
Recycled water is not drinkable. But there are other things you can't use it for. These include:
Recycled water is supplied on a separate system, and the pipes are a distinctive purple. If you have recycled water, you will have a separate meter. The meter is purple too.
We have completed several major projects to bring recycled water to where it is needed most, below are some examples.
Water is brought from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant to water the Adelaide Parklands. A minimum of 1.3 billion litres is supplied through purple pipes to provide a long-term water solution to green our capital city. This project also contributes to a range of other environmental benefits including:
For more information on this project, read our factsheet.
Since 2011, sewage collected at the Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant has been treated and provided to 8,000 homes in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. This was delivered as part of the Southern Urban Reuse Scheme. Residents use it for irrigation and toilet flushing.
The Virginia Pipeline, completed in 2009, delivers up to 18 gigalitres of water to market gardeners in Virginia. The water is used to irrigate fruit and vegetable crops. It's even used to grow bamboo for Adelaide Zoo's pandas, Wang Wang and Funi.
For more information, download our Residential Recycled Water Household Guide