Water Restrictions

Water Restrictions

The Richmond Valley Council Local Government Area (LGA) is supplied by two separate mains water supply sources.

Casino is supplied from the Richmond River with water being drawn from the weir pool upstream from Jabour Weir and treated at the Casino Water Treatment Plant.


The Mid Richmond towns including Coraki, Evans Head, Broadwater, Riley’s Hill and Woodburn are supplied by the regions bulk water supplier, Rous County Council. This water is predominantly supplied from Rocky Creek Dam, however, during dry periods the Woodburn bore may be put into operation to augment the existing supply to all Mid Richmond towns except Coraki.

As the security of supply from each of these sources may differ at any time, water restrictions for Casino and the Mid Richmond towns may also differ. Residents should therefore check the current level of restrictions for the town in which they reside.

Casino and surrounds water restrictions

Richmond Valley Council is responsible for enforcing the water restrictions for all Richmond Valley Council retail water customers.


Water restrictions for Casino residents who receive a town water supply have been increased to level three on Monday 16 September following a prolonged dry period during winter with no significant rain.

For residents, level three water restrictions involve:

• No irrigation permitted.
• Use of buckets any time, or hand-held hoses for a maximum of 10 minutes every second day, between 4pm and 9am.
• Households with an even street number can only water on even numbered calendar days, and households with an odd street number can only water on odd calendar days

For non-residential:

• Public gardens – no irrigation permitted
• Sports fields – sprinklers or hand-held hoses permitted for 15 minutes per day between 5am and 7am.
• Motor vehicle dealers, car detailing/repairs – buckets permitted, efficient high-pressure, low-flow rate cleaners with trigger control permitted every second day between 6am and 8am. Water use must be logged.
• New turf, lawns and gardens – watering in permitted for 30 minutes only on day of establishment, then 15 minutes every second day between 4pm and 9am up to 7 days after the date of establishment.

There are no water usage restrictions on local businesses NCMC, Norco, Holcim and others who require water as part of their essential business activities. Nor are there any restrictions on stock watering.

If you have any queries regarding the level of water restrictions currently in place in Casino please contact Council’s customer service centre on 6660 0300.

Comprehensive information on level three water restrictions is contained in the document at the bottom of this page.

Mid Richmond water restrictions (Broadwater, Coraki, Evans Head, Riley’s Hill, Woodburn)


Level one water restrictions were introduced on Saturday 7 December in the Mid Richmond towns of Coraki, Woodburn, Evans Head, Broadwater and Rileys Hill.

Restrictions have been introduced early in response to high water usage by the community, low inflows into the region’s main dam at Rocky Creek and a dry outlook for summer.

The region’s primary water source, Rocky Creek Dam, is sitting at 66 per cent as of 19 December 2019.

Level 1 water saving measures for residential urban and rural premises include:

  • No watering of established lawns
  • No water play pools, toys and slides
  • Fitting all hand-held hoses with on/off trigger nozzles
  • Watering established gardens is permitted with hand-held hoses for one hour every
    second day, after 4pm or before 9am on odd or even days of the month to match
    the house numbering system
  • Topping up swimming pools is permitted after 4pm or before 9am using a hand-held
  • Washing cars with hand-held hoses is permitted after 4pm or before 9am on odd or
    even days of the month to match the house numbering system.

Business and commercial operators are not exempt from the restrictions and will need to reduce their water usage along with the rest of the community, especially tourism and accommodation providers as the region moves into the high season.

More information is available at Rous County Council’s website here.

If you have any queries regarding the level of water restrictions currently in place in the Mid Richmond please contact Council’s customer service centre on 6660 0300.


Some facts and figures on water use:

• 10 minutes of hosing uses around 200 litres of water.
• Flush toilets typically use 50,000 litres of water per household per year.
• A continuously dripping tap wastes 600 litres per day.
• A 10-minute shower uses 200 litres.

Water Restrictions information

Level 3 Water Restrictions

Published on 19/12/2019 File Size 58 KB

Level 1 Water Restrictions

Published on 19/12/2019 File Size 76 KB

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