Water savings and restrictions


Current capacity:
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Rocky Creek Dam:
Emigrant Creek Dam:


Water restrictions are not currently active in the region

Water restrictions are activated during periods of drought. When Rocky Creek Dam, the region's primary water source, reaches a capacity of 70%, water restrictions are activated. These help sustain our region's water supply and delay the onset of more severe restrictions.

Everyday water saving measures include:

  • Water outdoors in the early morning or late afternoon, between 6.00am and 10.00am or between 3.00pm and 10.00pm.
  • Use hand-held hoses that are fitted with an on/off trigger nozzle. 
  • Clean vehicles and boats on your lawn using a hose fitted with an on/off nozzle; and  
  • Don’t use water to clean driveways, paths or paved areas, except for health and/or safety reasons or when using a high-pressure cleaner.  




Restrictions by local government area

All areas of Lismore shire.
Nimbin (separate supply) - Contact Lismore City Council.
All areas of Ballina shire - Contact Ballina Shire Council.
Evans Head, Woodburn, and surrounds.
Casino (separate supply) - Current water restrictions.
Byron Bay, Bangalow, and surrounds.
Mullumbimby (separate supply) - Contact Byron Shire Council.


Frequently asked questions