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



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Emigrant Creek

Water Restrictions

Everyday Water Saving Measures

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Latest news and updates from Rous Water.

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...

Expressions of interest: Big Scrub Rainforest Day
12 April 2016

Expressions of interest: Big Scrub Rainforest Day

Established in 1999 and held every year since, the Big Scrub Rainforest Day is recognised both regionally and nationally as one of Australia's premier annual Landcare community engagement and education events. We celebrate community involvement in the ecological restoration of the Big Scrub Rainforest through a fascinating festival program focusing on ecology, science and the environment. Read more...

Activities at Rocky Creek Dam
31 August 2015

Activities at Rocky Creek Dam

On the shores of Rocky Creek Dam, a grassy picnic area winds its way through stands of shady rainforest trees. There are picnic tables and gas barbecues, a sheltered picnic area and plenty of room for the kids to run around. Close to the carpark and amenities block, there is an adventurous forest playground and the start of several walks. Along these walks, you will find more beautiful picnic spots in hidden rainforest glades. Read more...