Water Saving

By using water sensibly, installing a rainwater tank or water efficiency devices, you can reduce the amount of treated mains drinking water that you use and help protect the environment.

Managing the water that falls on your property can also be an effective way to use water more efficiently and protect our natural creeks from excess runoff. You can also work out how to be water smart by using the WaterSmart Homes information package to change your impact on our waterways!

Composting toilets

Composting toilet systems treat waste with microorganisms and produce compost and liquid waste which may be disposed on-site. They can reduce water and energy consumption by not using tap water for flushing and by not requiring pumping to a sewage treatment plant.

Composting toilets require careful management and compliance with strict operating and maintenance procedures and approval requirements. They need approval from Council to install and to operate. The toilet must be a model which is accredited by the NSW Department of Health. Information on state accreditation is available on the Department's website.

Operational approval from Council would be granted for two years and then require renewal. This would involve Council inspection of the composting toilet system prior to the expiration of its approval period.

Please call Council on 4974 2000 and ask to speak with an Environmental Protection Officer if you would like to discuss any of the above in more detail.

Greywater re-use

Greywater is the wastewater from the shower, bath, hand basins or washing machine. It can be recycled by being used to water gardens and lawns. Many thousands of litres of drinking water can be saved by using greywater as an alternative.

Council administers on-site waste water treatment systems in accordance with the requirements of state legislation (the Public Health Act and Regulation).

Greywater reuse may involve:

  • Diversion – where the greywater is diverted from a laundry or bathroom directly to an irrigation system
  • Treatment – where the greywater receives some sort of treatment to improve its quality
  • Storage – where the greywater is contained in some way prior to treatment or reuse.

Greywater diversion on a residential property can be done without Council approval only if it satisfies a number of conditions. The most significant of these are:

  • the diversion device must be an approved type under the Watermark scheme; and
  • the greywater is diverted directly to an on-site sub surface irrigation system.

Installing a diversion unit that can switch the greywater flow between the irrigation area and the sewer allows the water to be used on the garden when it is needed, or for it to be safely disposed at other times.

Greywater treatment and storage systems can pose more public health risk. These systems require a Council application and approval process and on-going inspections.

Please call Council on 4974 2000 and ask to speak with an Environmental Protection Officer if you would like to discuss any of the above in more detail.