Rous water network


Rous County Council (Rous) is the regions bulk water supply authority. Rous provides treated water to councils across the region, including Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Richmond Valley and Lismore City. These councils then 'on-sell' this water to residents via their local distribution networks.

The Rous water supply system consists of:

  • 3 x surface water catchments: Rocky Creek, Emigrant Creek and Wilsons River catchments.
  • 2 x dams: Rocky Creek Dam (14GL) and Emigrant Creek Dam (0.82GL).
  • 2 x groundwater schemes: Alstonville and Woodburn (drought contingency).
  • 2 x water treatment plants: Nightcap and Emigrant Creek.
  • 2 x raw water pumping stations: Nightcap and Wilsons River Source.
  • A bulk water distribution system: 410km of pipelines.
  • More than 12 reservoirs.

Rous also supply drinking water to approximately 2000 of our own customers who are directly connected to the bulk water distribution system.

Your local water service provider

Rous is the region's bulk water supply authority.

We source, store, treat and supply drinking water through our network to councils across the region, including Lismore, Ballina Shire, Byron Shire and Richmond Valley. The regional supply network includes approximately 40,100 customer connections within the reticulation areas of these councils.

The supply of water to your home is typically delivered by your local water service provider through their reticulation networks.

The Rous network supplies water to many towns, including Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay, Ocean Shores, Brunswick Heads, Evans Head, Coraki, Broadwater, Alstonville, Lennox Head, Bangalow and Woodburn.