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Meadows Non Drinking Water

The non drinking and recycled water project is a Council led initiative as a result of the Meadows Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade to provide recycled water to the Mawson Green and Saxon Hyde sub-divisions.

Wastewater Service and Residential Non Drinking Water Supply Customer Charter(142 kb)

Bore Water Supply

Meadows township has no mains water and is reliant on rainwater and bores.  Council provides non drinking water to 45 private homes, commercial and educational premises, the ovals and bowling greens from 3 existing township bores. Existing customers will remain on Council bore supply delivered as a non-drinking supply and the existing network comprising galvanised iron and black poly pipes will remain.

Bore water should not be used for drinking, food preparation, watering edible plants, filling swimming pools.  More information is available in the Bore Water Uses Flyer and the Wastewater Service and Residential Non Drinking Water Supply Customer Charter.

Bore Water Uses Flyer(27 kb)

Recycled Water Uses

The Mount Barker District Council operates the Meadows Wastewater Treatment Plant, collecting sewage from properties in Meadows and treating it to a high standard suitable for re-use.

Recycled water supplied to your home can easily be identified by the purple metre at your property boundary.  Recycled water is supplied separately from your drinking water.

Recycled water from the Meadows Treatment Plant will be provided to the Mawson Green and Saxon Hyde sub-divisions, to each allotment for specific purposes as oulined below:

Recycled water has many benefits including:

  • Reducing discharges of treated wastewater to the local environment
  • Increasing the annual reuse of treated wastewater from our treatment plants
  • Supporting communities to grow by providing a secure alternative water supply

How will I know if I have recycled water on my property?

  • Recycled water is provided only to Mawson Green and Saxon Hyde, Meadows
  • Recycled water is supplied via a separate system, and the pipes are purple
  • If you have recycled water, you will have a purple recycled water meter at your property boundary

Use Recycled Water for:

  • Watering lawns and gardens (including fruit trees, vegetables and flowers)
  • Flushing Toilets
  • Washing Cars
  • Filling Ornamental ponds and water features (with no fish)

Do Not Use Recycled Water for:

  • Drinking (including for pets)
  • Cooking or other kitchen use (such as rinsing vegetables)
  • Personal washing (such as baths, showers, cleaning teeth, bidets and hand basins)
  • Household cleaning
  • Filling swimming pools and spas
  • Recreational activities involving water (including playing under sprinklers)
  • Washing clothes or using it in washing machines
  • Evaporative coolers and air conditioners (no matter what water source is used, ensure any bleed off does not enter rainwater tanks or drinking water systems

Meadows Recycled Water Use Fact Sheet(124 kb)

Connecting to Recycled Water

Located at the front boundary of each allotment is a Lilac/Purple coloured Water Meter installed by Council.  This meter is tagged and locked in the off position.

Under the Recycled Water Guidelines and direction from the Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) properties are not permitted to connect to the Recycled Water Supply until specific conditions have been met.

Information for Property owners outlining the requirements and permitted uses:

Information for Property Owners - Meadows Recycled Water(294 kb)

Notification of Connection

The recycled water supply must be connected prior to occupation of a dwelling.
All plumbing work (both recycled and rainwater) cross connection audits are to be completed and advised to Council by the Builder or Licenced Plumber.

Supply Interruptions Notification Preference

At times, there are planned interruptions to the service while routine maintenance is undertaken.  Council endeavours to advise customers of planned interruptions (usually via letter drops) as soon as they are scheduled.

There are also times when unplanned interruptions are experienced while emergency repairs are completed as well as when the supply is changed between bore water and recycled water.

Council wishes to establish a system whereby it communicates such unplanned events to its customers as well. If you wish to subscribe to this service, please complete the details in the Supply Interruptions Notification form

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact Damian Lethbridge, Wastewater Technical Officer, on telephone 8391 7241 or email