Water Services

Salisbury Water is the term used for Council's recycled water that is distributed to our parks, reserves, schools, industry and to some new residential properties. Salisbury Water is mainly stormwater run-off that has been cleansed in the Salisbury wetlands and stored in natural underground aquifers. However, by definition it can also include any non-potable  reclaimed, recycled or reused water.

Pipes, taps and water meters that distribute Salisbury Water and the Mawson Lakes reclaimed water are purple (or lilac) in colour. The water is not suitable for drinking if it comes from purple (lilac) coloured pipe or taps.

Salisbury Water CAN be used for:

  • Toilet flushing
  • Washing cars
  • Garden irrigation
  • Filling ornamental ponds

Salisbury Water MUST NOT be used for: 

  • Drinking
  • Cooking or other kitchen purposes
  • Persdonal washing (baths/showers/hand basins and bidets)
  • Evaporative coolers
  • Clothes washing
  • Indoor household cleaning
  • Swimming pools and spas
  • Recreational activities involving contact (eg kids playing under the sprinklers)
  • Washing companion animals


The pricing of Salisbury Water is set by Council in accordance with Section 188 of the Local Government Act 1999 and takes into account the costs of building, operating and renewing the assets required to capture, treat and distribute Salisbury Water to customers.

There are currently two charges relating to the usage of Salisbury Water:

  1. Usage charge – a rate per kilolitre used. As of 1 July 2017 the usage charge for Salisbury Water is $2.61 per kilolitre.
  2. Residential supply charge - a fixed rate of $10.00 per quarter. This is to cover the cost of cross-connection audits which are provided at connection and every 5 years.

Salisbury Water customers will be billed quarterly (or half yearly) depending on their Water Supply Agreement.

Please note, there is also a connection fee involved when initially connecting to Salisbury Water.

Connection Fees and Metering

Connection fees are a one off charge to provide a connection point from the Salisbury Water pipeline to the customers' boundary and to install a non-potable meter. We can arrange quotes for the cost of connection.

Properties supplied with Salisbury Water will always have two water meter consisting of:

  1. SA Water main and meter - for drinking water and general use
  2. Salisbury Water main and meter - for toilet flushing, washing cars, garden irrigation and filling ornamental ponds.

Current reWater Guidelines

This document covers appropriate use of reWater as well as provides guidelines on installation, metering, commissioning the system and approved products
Download the Guidlines (PDF, 4MB)

Salisbury Water Quality

The City of Salisbury aims to ensure the quality of reWater is suitable for intended non-potable uses. Whilst the quality of reWater can vary depending on the supply scheme and the season, indicative water quality information is provided below for prospective reWater users. Note  0 the information is intended to be used as a guide only.
Salisbury Water Brochure 2016 (PDF, 8MB)

Salisbury Water Pressure and Restrictions

Water pressure in the Salisbury Water main is slightly less then the pressure in the drinking water main. This will impact on the pressure of water for irrigation and should be considered when designing an irrigation system.

Salisbury Water is not subject to published water restrictions, however it is requested that customers help to preserve this precious resource by avoiding excessive use.

Salisbury Water Supply Agreements

It is a requirement for all reWater customers to enter into a Water Supply Agreement. This is an agreement between the owner(s) of the property supplied with reWater and the City of Salisbury. Please click on the documents below for examples of reWater Supply Agreements.