Water restrictions - Level 1

Level 1 water restrictions are in place for residents, businesses and community organisations across Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Richmond Valley council areas.

Rous County Council asks the community to please use water wisely to avoid preventable loss of water and further restrictions occurring.

Current capacity of Rocky Creek Dam:
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Current capacity of Emigrant Creek Dam:
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Current water restriction status: Level 1.

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General information regarding water restrictions and drought management can be viewed from the following links:  

Water restrictions - Level 1 (effective 6 December 2019)

Minor amendments made for clarification, 9 January 2020.

Click here to download a detailed table of restrictions all five restriction levels.

Residential and non-residential premises - Indoor use
Restriction type1 Level 1
Showers, toilets, taps, washing machines. All users are requested to conserve water wherever possible.
Residential urban and rural premises - Outdoor use
Restriction type1 Level 1
Watering of established gardens. Watering cans or buckets permitted at any time.

Irrigation systems can be used for a maximum of 15 minutes and hand-held hoses can be used for 1 hour every second day, before 9.00am or after 4.00pm, on odd or even days matching house numbering system.

No watering permitted on the 31st of the month.

All hand-held hoses must be fitted with and on/off nozzle.

Other irrigation and unattended hoses banned.
Watering of established lawns. Not permitted.
Watering of new turf, lawns and gardens. Watering is permitted for 1 hour only on the day of establishment.

Then 1 hour daily before 9.00am and after 4.00pm for 14 days after the date of establishment.
Topping up and refilling of existing swimming pools and spas. Topping up to maintain filter function permitted before 9.00am and after 4.00pm using hand-held hose fitted with an on/off nozzle.

Emptying and refilling of pools/spas not permitted.
Filling of new registered swimming pools and spas. Permitted.
Water play tools, toys and slides. Not permitted.
Pet care/washing. Provision of drinking water permitted.

Washing pets and pet pens with bucket or hand-held hose fitted with an on/off nozzle permitted before 9.00am and after 4.00pm.
Fountains, ponds, water features, outdoor aquaria. Operation or top up not permitted except to maintain fish life.

Installation and filling of new facilities not permitted.
Washing of driveways, paved areas, rooves, walls, windows and paths. Permitted prior to sale or lease of property only with approval from your local council.

Not permitted for any other reason except for health and safety.

Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control are to be used.
Car/vehicle washing. Watering cans or buckets permitted at any time.

Hand-held hoses permitted before 9.00am or after 4.00pm, on odd or even days matching house numbering system.

No watering permitted on the 31st of the month.

Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control are to be used if possible.
Washing of boats, boat motors and trailers used in salt water. Permitted for 10 minutes at any time.
Public facilities (including sports clubs) - Outdoor use
Restriction type1 Level 1
Public swimming pools. Topping up permitted. Log of water use required.

Emptying and refilling of pools not permitted.
Public water play facilities. Operation or top up not permitted unless water is recirculated. Log of water use required.
Irrigation of sports grounds, playing fields and golf fairways. Not permitted.
Cricket pitches, bowling greens and golf greens. Sprinklers or hand-held hoses permitted 1 hour per day before 9.00am and after 4.00pm. Alternative times to be approved by your local council.
Public outdoor showers, beach showers and outdoor taps. Permitted.
Public gardens, council parks and reserves. Sprinklers or hand-held hoses permitted 1 hour per day between 5.00am and 7.00am. Alternative times to be approved by your local council.
Business and commercial premises - Outdoor use
Restriction type1 Level 1
Existing swimming pools and spas. Topping up permitted. Log of water use required.

Emptying and refilling of pools not permitted.
New swimming pools and spas. Filling permitted.
Water play facilities, water parks. Operation or top up not permitted unless water is recirculated. Log of water use required.
Fountains, ponds, water features, outdoor aquariums. Operation or top up not permitted except to maintain fish life.

Installation and filling of new facilities not permitted.
Irrigation of sports grounds, playing fields and golf fairways. Not permitted.
Cricket pitches, tennis courts, bowling greens and golf greens. Sprinklers or hand-held hoses permitted 1 hour per day between 5.00am and 7.00am. Alternative times to be approved by your local council.
Garden watering. Sprinklers permitted 1 hour per day before 9.00am and after 4.00pm. Alternative times to be approved by your local council.
Watering of established lawns. Not permitted.
Watering of new turf, lawns and gardens. Watering-in permitted for 1 hour only on the day of establishment.

Then 1 hour daily before 9.00am and after 4.00pm for 14 days after the date of establishment.
Pet care, animal husbandry. Provision of drinking water permitted.

Washing animals with bucket or hand-held hose fitted with an on/off nozzle permitted before 9.00am and after 4.00pm.

Cleaning of pens with high pressure cleaning unit permitted.
Commercial car wash. Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control are to be used. Log of water use required.
Motor vehicle dealers, car detailing/repair. Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control are to be used. Log of water use required.
Washing of buses, taxis, food transport, emergency services, garbage vehicles, construction vehicles, livestock transport vehicles. Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control are to be used. Log of water use required.
Washing of driveways, paved areas, rooves, walls and paths. Permitted prior to sale or lease of property only with approval from your local council.

Not permitted for any other reason except for health and safety.

Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control are to be used.
Window cleaning. Buckets permitted at any time.

Hand-held hoses or high pressure cleaners not permitted.
Road works and land development. Permitted for compaction and dust supression only.
Cleaning of construction sites. Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control are to be used.
Market gardens, orchards, nurseries, commercial flower gardens, turf farms. Sprinklers or sprays permitted 2 hours per day before 9.00am and after 4.00pm. Alternative times to be approved by your local council.
All non-residential uses
Restriction type1 Level 1
All non-residential potable water use. All users are required to conserve water in accordance with the Level 1 water saving measures.

1 The restrictions apply to use of potable water only and include rainwater tanks that are topped up with potable town water. The use of standalone rainwater, bore water and/or recycled water is not restricted but must be identified by signage at the location of water use.

 

Restriction coverage

Local government area

All areas of Lismore shire.

Nimbin (separate supply) - Click here for current water restrictions.

All areas of Ballina shire.

Click here for Ballina Water.


Byron Bay, Bangalow, and surrounds.

Mullumbimby (separate supply) - Click here for current water restrictions.


Evans Head, Woodburn, and surrounds

Casino (separate supply) - Click here for current water restrictions.

 

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Contact information

If you are a resident or business and require further information about water use, please contact your local council's water account department.

Rous County Council water account holders can contact us by email at council@rous.nsw.gov.au, the 'Contact us' form on the website, or by phoning Council on (02) 6623 3800 during office hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).