Water For Life

Rous County Council is a county council constituted under the Local Government Act 1993.  Rous County Council has three main functions:

Bulk water supply: It is the regional water supply authority providing water in bulk to the Council areas.  A population of around 100,000 is serviced by this water supply system with the actual area of operations being approximately 3,000km2.
Weed biosecurity: Council undertakes a wide range of activities to combat the spread of noxious weeds across the local area.
Flood mitigation: Council is a flood mitigation authority operating across the local government areas of Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Richmond Valley.  


About Our Water Sources

Rocky Dam

Rocky Creek Dam

Current dam level



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Emigrant Creek

Water Restrictions

Everyday Water Saving Measures

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Latest news and updates from Rous County Council.

Drought Management Plan
8 September 2016

Drought Management Plan

At its 17 August 2016 meeting, Rous County Council adopted the draft Regional Drought Management Plan. Read more...

County councils merged 1 July 2016
22 June 2016

County councils merged 1 July 2016

As per NSW Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole, at 1 July 2016 Rous Water, Far North Coast Weeds and Richmond River County Council have merged as Rous County Council. The decision to merge the operations of the three organisations followed unanimous agreement for change by each county council and their member councils, and a formal proposal put to the Minister in 2014. Read more...