Water restrictions and drought management


Current capacity of Rocky Creek Dam:   ( ).

Current capacity of Emigrant Creek Dam:   ( ).

Current water restriction status: Every day water saving measures.


Water restrictions

With 99% of the state in drought and the low rainfall in the Northern Rivers, Rous County Council is urging residents and visitors to the area to be water wise.

Kyogle Council and Richmond Valley Council have recently introduced water restrictions to residents who receive town water from their local water supply. 
Restriction levels:
Kyogle Council - Level 2 (as at 15/01/2019)
Richmond Valley Council - Level 3 (as at 17/09/2019)
For more information, visit the Richmond Valley Council and Kyogle Council websites.

Rocky Creek Dam, the region’s principal water source, is currently at   capacity. Level 1 water restrictions will be introduced when the water level in Rocky Creek Dam falls below 60%.

The Regional Drought Management Plan has been put together to ensure continued water supply during drought conditions to meet water user, public health and firefighting needs.

See why saving water in the Northern Rivers is as important as ever. (Click to enlarge)

Water restriction levels:

Restriction status Rocky Creek Dam level
(% of full supply volume)
General restriction type Conditions
Everyday water
saving measures
100% Recommended water use of 160 litres per person per day. Normal
Level 1 60% Hose and irrigation restrictions. Drought period
Level 2 45% Hose and irrigation restrictions.
Level 3 30% Hose and irrigation restrictions.
Level 4 20% Hose and irrigation ban. Emergency
Level 5 10% Total outdoor use ban (excluding drinking water).

Please view the table of Water Saving Measures at each Water Restriction Level if you would like more detail.

The Regional Drought Management Plan aims to provide a consistent restriction regime for all water supplies across the Rous County Council supply region incorporating Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Richmond Valley local government areas.

For more information about water restrictions please view the Regional Drought Management Plan or contact us by calling 02 6623 3800.

We all have a role in saving water and using this resource wisely is something Rous County Council encourages the community to always do, even in times of no water restrictions.

Every day water saving measures

There are a number of simple everyday steps that help reduce our water use. (Click to enlarge)

Nine neat ways to save water