Recycled water for clothes washing machines from January 2015

Wednesday February 4 2015

Property owners in all Melbourne metropolitan areas now have the choice of using recycled water in their clothes washing machines due to recent upgrades of Melbourne Water's Western and Eastern Treatment Plants.

As of 1 January 2015, conditions of connection for new homes in City West Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water's mandated Class A recycled water areas will include a requirement for plumbers to install a washing machine stop tap for recycled water in the laundry.

This requirement is in addition to the hot and cold drinking water taps normally installed. Each laundry will then have three taps suitable for a washing machine connection: a hot water tap, a cold water tap and a recycled water tap (installed in that order from left to right or, where installed vertically, with the recycled water tap at the bottom – refer to the Requirements for Class A recycled water for use with washing machines diagram).

A long term investigation into the use of recycled water for clothes washing has concluded that there is no difference between using recycled water and drinking water for clothes washing, and there are no impacts on the appliance.

For more information about using recycled water, visit Melbourne Water's website.

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