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Byron Shire, Ballina Shire, Lismore City and Richmond Valley. A supply area of over 3,000km2, encompassing growing and diverse communities.
Rous County Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which it works and pays respect to Elders past, present and future. We are committed to working in partnership with the traditional custodians of the Bundjalung Nation.
With a capacity of 14,000ML, Rocky Creek Dam has been the primary bulk water source for the region since 1953. Water is also sourced from Emigrant Creek Dam at Newrybar and from the Wilsons River at Howards Grass upstream from Lismore. When full, Rocky Creek Dam is able to meet a years water needs for our total supply area.
Extensive investigations have been completed to evaluate all future options for the region's water supply. On the evidence and community acceptance, the following options present meaningful sources for ongoing and emergency water supply for our region.
Over the next 40 years, Rous will take a 3-stage approach to investigating, implementing and securing our region's water supply.
2021-2025 focuses on maximising the efficiencies of our existing water sources by undertaking innovative water conservation measures programs and upgrading existing community infrastructure at the Marom Creek Water Treatment Plant and its existing network of groundwater bores. This stage also commences the planning for a pilot purified recycled water treatment plant to obtain community acceptance of the advance purification technology, as well as complete further investigations into the opportunities of purified recycled water as an indirect water supply option.
2026-2029 focuses on the further delivery of contemporary water conservation measures and delivery of a new groundwater scheme in the Byron Shire area. This stage will commence planning for future groundwater sources and the construction and verification process of the pilot purified recycled water treatment plant. This will coincide with a broad community education program about the benefits of purified recycled water.
2030-2060 focuses on being agile and keeping all appropriate options available to respond to a changing climate and advancements in technology. This stage is critical in determining and implementing the most cost effective and sustainable option to secure the region's long-term water supply to 2060 and beyond.
Since 1995, our region has reduced individual water consumption by 50%. Our plan incorporates a continuation of that reduction via a suite of measures. Moving forward, these ongoing efficency measures can go on to secure a further 15% reduction across our communities in the long term.
Over a 2-year period starting from mid 2021, Rous will commence the rollout of smart metering to all 2,000 direct customers.
Benefits of smart metering include better monitoring of daily water use to help customers find new ways to reduce consumption, and early notification of leaks.
It also provides Rous with accurate real time data for better planning.
Rous will invest in technologies for better pressure management and active leak detection, significantly reducing water loss within the bulk supply network.
In 1991, the average water use was 484KL per connection per annum.
By 2019, usage was reduced to 247KL per connection per annum.
Current 2021 use is 195ltr per person per day. Usage reduction target is 160ltr per person per day.
Download the Future Water Project 2060 Community Summary brochure here
Download the Future Water Project 2060 public exhibition document.
Supporting reports for the Future Water Project 2060 are available here.
What happens to the submissions?
Feedback from submissions received will be collated and reported to Council in July 2021. Copies of these submissions will be made available on Council's website at this time.