The future is effluent

By DAVID BANCROFT

dbancroft@dailyexaminer.com.au

NEW Iluka residents may soon be washing their cars and watering their gardens with their own effluent.

But it will be treated.

In a bid to increase the amount of domestic water re-use and in response to community demands, the Clarence Valley Council has determined that all new developments in Iluka will have dual reticulation systems.

They will have a potable supply for washing clothes, cooking and other household use and a secondary supply of treated effluent, or recycled water, for such things as flushing toilets, watering gardens and outdoor hoses.

Sporting fields and the Iluka golf course will also be irrigated using recycled water.

The council's manager of water and waste water, Greg Mashiah, said the water would be treated to a non-potable standard and carried no health dangers for users.

He said that in some households, up to 50 per cent of water used outdoors could be replaced with recycled water and up to 30 per cent of indoor use.

No pricing policy has been determined, but Mr Mashiah said that in most other areas where dual systems operated, the recycled water was cheaper than the potable supply in a bid to encourage people to use the recycled water.

According to Mr Mashiah, many existing residents are keen to use recycled water and have opted to have dual reticulation when the sewerage system is complete.

Construction of the system is scheduled to start midway through next year.



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