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New grey water association to assist governments
New Water, an Australian company that provides innovative water solutions to help households reduce their potable water consumption, has formed with industry and community groups a peak association to educate government bodies and the community about grey water recycling.

The Australian Grey Water Institute (AGWI) was founded as a not-for-profit membership organisation in March 2007. The inaugural membership comprises New Water as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Murdoch University, the NSW Surf Life Saving Association, Perpetual Water and Nubian Water Systems.

The AGWI is working with key government and regulatory stakeholders to provide policy input and bring grey water treatment - which purifies shower and washing machine water - to the forefront of water management in Australia.

Andrew Pearce, CEO of New Water, said the AGWI recognises the need for Councils and the community to manage water more wisely.

"Councils need to know about grey water recycling as they are responsible for processing approvals for the domestic installation of grey water recycling and treatment systems," Pearce said.

"New Water and the Institute strongly believe that treating and recycling grey water is an important way to reduce household water consumption.

"As grey water treatment systems constantly recycle grey water, they can easily provide the home with a steady supply of water for everyday use, even during low rainfall periods," he added.

According to Pearce, in-home water management solutions outweigh all of the more expensive and energy intensive centralised solutions such as desalination.

"Grey water recycling at household level can make a considerable difference in our water shortage problem as well as being an efficient and cost effective solution that creates virtually no footprint on the environment," Pearce said.

The AGWI will be holding conferences, workshops and meetings for its members.

New Water was founded in 2004 to provide innovative patented domestic water solutions for the collection of rainwater with the Rain Reviva bladder tank and in the treatment of grey water with the award-winning Aqua Reviva.

For more information on New Water and the AGWI, visit or call 1300 552 695 (1 300 NEW WATER).

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For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Teanne Ryan on (02) 9413 4244.

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