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Water restrictions and drought management overview

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Current water restriction status: Every day water saving measures.

Water restrictions

When in place, water restrictions will apply to all residents and businesses on the Rous water supply network. This includes the council areas of Ballina (including Wardell and Meerschaum Vale), Byron (excluding Mullumbimby), Lismore (excluding Nimbin), and Richmond Valley (excluding land to the west of Coraki).

For information on water restrictions in the Byron Shire, visit the Byron Shire Council website.

For information on water restrictions in Nimbin, visit the Lismore City Council website.

For information on water restrictions in Kyogle, visit the Kyogle Council website.

For information on water restrictions in the Mid Richmond and Casino, visit the Richmond Valley Council website.

Detailed table of restrictions at each Water Restriction Level.

The Regional Drought Management Plan

The Regional Drought Management Plan is in place to ensure continued water supply during drought conditions to meet water user, public health and firefighting needs.

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.

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.

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