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 Mon 23rd May

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Emigrant Creek

Water Restrictions

Everyday Water Saving Measures

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Latest news and updates from Rous Water.

Activities at Emigrant Creek Dam
10 May 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...

Development Servicing Plan for Bulk Water Supply 2016 (draft)
14 April 2016

Development Servicing Plan for Bulk Water Supply 2016 (draft)

The Ministerial guideline requires Council to place the draft DSP 2016 on public exhibition for a minimum of 30 working days. Following the exhibition period, all comments will be assessed and reported to Council in June 2016 with a recommendation that the DSP 2016 take effect on 1 July 2016. Read more...

Draft 2016/17 Operational Plan
19 May 2016

Draft 2016/17 Operational Plan

The draft Operational Plan (incorporating the 2016/17 budget estimates and Revenue Policy) is on public exhibition until 9.00am Wednesday, 15 June 2016. Submissions from the public are invited. Read more...