Water Restrictions

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Water Restrictions website provides access to current water restrictions information for the whole of Australia. Water restrictions information can be searched by State or Territory, water agency and restriction name. Water restriction names and rules vary throughout Australia due to local requirements.

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Rous Water

Agency name:
Rous Country Council
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Area description:

Rous Water is the regional water supply authority providing potable water in bulk to the Council areas of Lismore (excluding Nimbin), Ballina (excluding Wardell), Byron (excluding Mullumbimby) and Richmond Valley (excluding land to the west of Coraki). The regional supply network includes over 33,000 connections within the reticulation areas of these constituent Councils, and around 1,900 retail connections to the Rous Water trunk main system.

Current Restriction

Restriction name:
Level 1
Restriction type:
Start date:
End date:
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Description summary:

DOMESTIC: Gardens, Car Washing, Window Cleaning Sprinklers and fixed hoses may be used between the hours of 6am to 10 am and 3 pm to 7pm. Use of Hoses: All hoses must be fitted with an on/off nozzle. Boats, Boat motors and trailers used in saltwater environments No restriction. Swimming Pool – Private: Filling of new pools allowed. Topping up of pools allowed. Emptying and refilling of existing pools banned. Washing of driveways, paved areas and roofs Buckets or watering cans only for health and safety reasons. BUSINESS/COMMERCIAL PREMISES: Public Gardens Sprinklers 1hr/day 5am-6am – or application for times. Sports Grounds Sprinklers 1hr/day 6am-7am – or application for times. Beach Showers: No restriction. Market Gardens, Orchards, Nurseries & Commercial Flower Gardens Sprinklers: 2hr/day - application for times. Washing Motor Vehicles No restriction. Washing of Buses, Taxis, Food Transport, Ambulances & Garbage Vehicles: No restriction. Brick Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, Car Detailing and Under boring: No restriction. Building: No restriction. New Turf Watering in – then sprinklers 1hr/day for first 7 days – application for times. Paved public areas, where food is prepared or consumed, or for health reasons: No restriction. Water Cartage – Potable Supply Recipients of water to comply with restrictions set out in this Table. Auto Flush Urinals:On timers – banned, On demand – OK. INDUSTRIAL: Ready Mix Concrete & Others: No restriction. RURAL: Stock No restriction. Irrigation Sprinklers 2hr/day - application for times.