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Important Information

Maintenance

While the Grey Water Bin was designed as a simple and 'easy to use' solution, we have a few recommendations to ensure that the unit continues to work as intended.


  • When pumping greywater into the bin we recommend always watch it to ensure that the hose nossle is not being blocked by anything, such as long hair or fabric lint.
  • At the end of each use, we recommend running the pump at full pressure in order to clear it out and prevent any internal blockages.
  • If using a battery powered pump, make sure to keep batteries charged in preparation for each use (we recommend having at least two batteries). 
  • If water is not transfering through a hose, ensure that all connections are fully joined and there are no kinks in the hose.
  • It is a good idea to regularly clean out the Grey Water Bin to further prevent blockages.

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NSW Greywater Regulations

According to the NSW guidlines for greywater reuse in sewered, single household residential premises, the use of greywater can be separated into one of three catagories: 1) Manual Bucketing, 2) Greywater Diversion Device,

3) Greywater Treatment System. Each of these three methods have a specific set of guidlines that regulate how the water can and cannot be used.


Because the Grey Water Bin constitutes as a manual method, it would be regulated as a form of 'Manual Bucketing'.  Page 22-23 of the document outlining these regulations (found here) highlights the following "Dos and Don'ts" for manual greywater use.


DO:

  • DO be careful lifting and carrying buckets of greywater, particularly over slippery surfaces and on stairs or steps
  • DO select garden-friendly detergents that are biodegradable and low in phosphorus, sodium, boron and chloride.
  • DO select washing detergents that are low in salt – consider using a powder concentrate, or a liquid washing detergent.
  • DO reuse greywater in the garden in several locations.
  • DO monitor plant and soil response to greywater irrigation.
  • DO consider applying a soil rewetting agent every six months.
  • DO wash your hands after reusing greywater.


DON'T:

  • DON’T reuse toilet or kitchen wastewater.
  • DON’T reuse greywater for irrigation during rain.
  • DON’T apply greywater in areas that are readily accessible to children, people with a low immune system or pets.
  • DON’T reuse greywater generated from the washing of nappies or soiled clothing.
  • DON’T reuse greywater when a resident is sick, e.g. has diarrhoea.
  • DON’T reuse greywater generated by cleaning in the laundry or bathroom, or when using hair dye or other chemicals.
  • DON’T reuse greywater generated by washing rags used for painting or for maintaining machinery and vehicles.
  • DON’T reuse greywater to top up rainwater tanks or swimming pools.
  • DON’T store untreated greywater
  • DON’T over-water.
  • DON’T reuse greywater on plants that will be eaten raw or where fruit has fallen to the ground and could be eaten.
  • DON’T use greywater to wash paths, driveways or cars.
  • DON’T reuse greywater so that it flows into the streets or down stormwater drains.
  • DON’T let greywater go beyond the property boundary and cause a nuisance to neighbours.



We recommend visiting the WaterNSW website for the latest information relating to greywater regulations: https://www.waternsw.com.au/