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

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Emigrant Creek

Water Restrictions

Everyday Water Saving Measures

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Latest news and updates from Rous Water.

Drought Management Plan
8 September 2016

Drought Management Plan

At its 17 August 2016 meeting, Rous County Council adopted the draft Regional Drought Management Plan. Read more...

County councils to merge 1 July 2016
22 June 2016

County councils to merge 1 July 2016

NSW Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole has announced from 1 July 2016 Rous Water, Far North Coast Weeds and Richmond River County Council will merge as Rous County Council. The decision to merge the operations of the three organisations follows unanimous agreement for change by each county council and their member councils, and a formal proposal put to the Minister in 2014. Read more...

Activities at Emigrant Creek Dam
21 June 2016

Activities at Emigrant Creek Dam

Emigrant Creek Dam offers many activities accessible for all. A pleasant scenic drive around Emigrant Creek Dam catchment area takes you through cattle pastures, macadamia farms, beside creeks and through patches of forest, and the village of Newrybar. At the very end of Killen Falls Road, there is a flat grassy area with space for the kids to run around and places to spread a picnic rug. At the top of Water Walk, near the lookout over the dam, there are picnic tables under the shade of the newly grown rainforest. For the more adventurous, take the 500 metre Boodgeragah Walk down Emigrant Creek and picnic at the base of Killen Falls. Read more...