In your home

Once homes are connected to our sustainable water network they will be contributing to large savings of drinking water, as well as reducing the impact of wastewater discharged into the environment. Find out more below about recycled water in your home.

Recycled Water Taps

There are a number of recycled water taps connected to the Huntlee Water network at your home and property - these taps are all purple in colour, including:

  • The cold water tap connected to your washing machine
  • The toilet cistern water tap connection in your toilets
  • Some outdoor taps

Recycled and Drinking Water

The highest quality recycled water is supplied to homes from the Huntlee Local Water Centre. Our recycled water undergoes seven purification processes locally and meets strict Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling set out by Federal and State Governments.

Recycled water, which will be supplied from purple marked taps, is used for non-potable purposes such as flushing toilets, in washing machines and for irrigation. Using drinking water for these purposes is a waste, especially when we live in a climate of constant droughts and dry periods. By using recycled water, your household can save up to 70 per cent of drinking water.

Your home will be fitted with drinking water taps in the bathroom and kitchen for bathing and cooking. You will have a drinking water tap outside to use in the pool or spa, for the kid’s to play in the sprinkler or to clean and provide drinking water for your animals.

Huntlee Water will be providing you with your drinking water. This is being sourced from Hunter Water.

The purification process

Wastewater is taken from kitchen sinks, washing machines, bathrooms and toilets and sent back to the Huntlee Local Water Centre for purification. This facility will be in the community - it will have no odour, no loud noises and no discharge into the enviornment.

The Centre will use Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology which is a natural organic method of cleaning and purifying water.


Water Use

Water use is monitored in real time through our remote telemetry technology. This new way of monitoring water to the home means we can identify leaks quickly and fix them, avoiding wasted water and costly repairs.

In time, it will also provide households with more information, including what times of the day water has been used and help people see trends. If you want to, this information will help you better manage how you use water to save money and water. 

For now, you can find out about the water you have used on a monthly basis in your bill. You will see how much recycled water you have used and how much drinking water you have saved.  

Pools and spas

Recycled water cannot be used in pools or spas. If you are building a pool, you will need to comply with Huntlee Water guidelines. Please read the information below and download our Pool and Spa Policy.

NSW Health does not permit people to swim in recycled water. It is perfectly fine to use in the washing machine, to flush your toilets and for watering gardens, including vegetable gardens, but it is non-potable water, which means it cannot be used for drinking or personal hygiene.


If you have any questions please contact us.

Fruit and vegetable gardens

Recycled water is a fantastic choice for watering your lawn, flower and vegetable gardens. You can save large amounts of drinking water by connecting your garden hose to the recycled water tap outside. To be water wise, give your garden or lawns a weekly or fortnightly soaking rather than light frequent irrigation.

Like all fresh fruits and vegetables you should always wash them before eating.

For more information about the benefits of recycled water and your garden, visit About your water.