Please rethink your water use during - bushfire emergency

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Our bulk water supplier, Rous County Counil is asking the community to conserve their water over next 48 hours. 

Rous County Council is asking the community to be especially mindful of their water use considering bushfires in the region and worsening weather conditions forecast for Tuesday 12 November 2019.


To support firefighting and essential services, Council urges people at home to conserve water as much as possible for the next 48 hours.

Rous County Council General Manager Phillip Rudd said: “Considering the current bushfire situation at Mount Nardi National Park and the worsening weather conditions that are forecast tomorrow, we’re asking the community to please use water conservatively for the next 48 hours. Reducing water demand in the system will help support firefighting and other essential services.”

Rous County Council will continue to monitor the situation and will keep the community updated with any new information with regards to water supply. 

Rocky Creek Dam park remains closed to the public until further notice. For more information or to view the current Rocky Creek Dam level visit


Who is Rous County Council?

Rous County Council (RCC) is a multipurpose county council delivering bulk water, weed biosecurity and flood mitigation services to the Northern Rivers of NSW. RCC’s constituent councils are Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Richmond Valley:

• Bulk water: The regional water supply authority. It provides water in bulk from its principal supply sources at Rocky Creek Dam and Emigrant Creek Dam servicing around 100,000 people.

• Weed biosecurity: The local control authority for weed biosecurity. Operations cover an area of more than a million hectares including Kyogle and Tweed shires, which are serviced by agreement with those councils.

• Flood mitigation: The flood mitigation authority across the local government areas of Ballina, Lismore and Richmond Valley.

RCC also operates Richmond Water Laboratories in Lismore, providing professional sampling and analytical testing services for water and soil to NSW councils, private industry and the public. The laboratory is National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited.