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Recycled water

What is recycled water?

Recycled Water generally refers to highly treated effluent from sewage treatment plants. At the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant, the effluent passes through multiple levels of treatment designed to remove all potential pollutants and harmful microorganism: 

  1. Biological processes to remove pollutants, organic matter, grease and oil, nutrients and harmful microorganisms

  2. Disinfected through UV sterilisation

  3. Sand filtration

  4. Disinfected with chlorine

The recycled water system currently diverts up to 1 mega-litre a day of effluent from Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant that would otherwise be discharged into our water ways. That’s one Olympic sized swimming pool. 

Is it safe?

Any contact with recycled water is nothing to be concerned about as it is treated to a
very high standard. Despite the high quality, recycled water is not suitable for drinking or cooking, bathing or in swimming pools.


  • Recycling a renewable resource                                    
  • Conservation of drinking quality water
  • Reliable source of water all year round
  • Reduces treated effluent discharge
  • Protects local waterways
  • Very low user costs

How do we use recycled water in Byron Bay?

  • Toilet flushing at public toilet blocks in the Byron Bay town centre and some sporting clubs
  • Irrigation of sporting fields, parks and gardens
  • Irrigation of nurseries
  • Truck filling standpipes for construction applications and dust suppression


Did you know that the colour purple indicates recycled water is connected?

You may have noticed the purple pipes recently installed in the Byron Bay township. These pipes provide recycled water to flush all public toilets around the Byron Bay town center and to irrigate parks and gardens all year round.

The recycled water system diverts up to 1 mega-litre a day of treated effluent from Byron Bay STP that would otherwise be discharged into our water ways. That’s one Olympic sized swimming pool diverted from waste per day.

If you are interested to use recycled water please contact Byron Shire Council Systems Environment Officer -  6685 9322.