Using greywater from your bathroom or laundry on your garden, instead of potable water (drinking water from the mains water system), makes an important contribution towards conserving our precious water supplies.
The amount of greywater produced by your household depends on the water use habits of everyone in your household. For example, how long household members spend in the shower each day, whether you have a water-efficient showerhead or washing machine, how many loads of washing you do each week, etc. On average, a two to three person Canberra household can generate around 300 litres of greywater per day from the hand basin, shower, bath and laundry.
For more detailed information about using greywater simply and safely around the home, see the ACT Government's Greywater use: Guidelines for residential properties in Canberra ( 1.3 kB) .
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about using greywater.