Council watching blackwater trails
BLACKWATER re-use trials are being done in south-east Queensland and the Fraser Coast council is “watching with interest”.
Blackwater comes from the toilet. Grey water comes from baths, showers, sinks and washing machines.
The government trials are to find out whether on-site blackwater treatment and re-use should be allowed in sewered areas in Qld.
“Meanwhile state legislation does not allow the Fraser Coast Regional Council to consider the use of recycled blackwater,” a council spokesman said yesterday.
Yesterday’s Chronicle quoted local waste water home plant designer and plumber Trevor Endres suggesting the Fraser Coast could embark on treated blackwater effluent going back into homes to flush toilets.
“What is being proposed by Mr Endres is to connect a treatment plant to a Class 1 building in an unsewered area,” the council spokesman said.
“This cannot be undertaken legally. Under Section 128K of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 the owner of the property who allows this type of installation faces a maximum penalty of $50,000.
“Under section 83 of the PDA there is also a maximum penalty of $166,500 for performing the work without a compliance permit.”
Mr Endres says he realises the practice is still illegal but because the government is trialling the process he is keen to see it considered for this region down the track.