Water For Life

Rous Water is the regional water supply authority providing potable water in bulk to the Council areas of Lismore (excluding Nimbin), Ballina (excluding Wardell), Byron (excluding Mullumbimby) and Richmond Valley (excluding land to the west of Coraki).

The regional supply network includes approximately 40,100 connections within the reticulation areas of these constituent Councils, and around 2,030 retail connections to the Rous Water trunk main system. A population of around 100,000 is serviced by this water supply system with the actual area of operations being approximately 3,000km2. The principal source of our supply network is Rocky Creek Dam, situated 25 kilometres north of Lismore near the village of Dunoon.

About Our Water Sources

Rocky Dam

Rocky Creek Dam

Current dam level



Updated Sun 22nd Nov

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Emigrant Creek

Water Restrictions

Everyday Water Saving Measures

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Latest news and updates from Rous Water.

Permits required for groups at Rocky Creek Dam
31 August 2015

Permits required for groups at Rocky Creek Dam

From 2014, Rous Water asks groups planning on visiting Rocky Creek Dam to obtain a temporary permit. Rous Water encourages schools and other groups to use Rocky Creek Dam; it is a wonderful outdoor classroom with excellent visitor amenities. If you require assistance, we will be happy to help with the new permit system. Read more...

Water education with Rous Water
9 November 2015

Water education with Rous Water

Rous Water offers a diverse range of educational programs to suit all ages from early childhood to lifelong learning, we aim to support all forms of education about the value of water, local water supply, healthy catchments, and sustainable water use Read more...