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 were eased back from level three to level one from Wednesday 9 April, after much-needed early autumn rainfall.

A total of 220mm of rain fell in March, which helped replenish the Richmond River. However, level one water restrictions remain in place.

Level one water restrictions involve:

• Sprinklers and fixed hoses are banned between 8am and 4pm. Exemptions for sprinkler use (up to two hours a day) is allowed for essential businesses, such as nurseries, or where business hours dictate water use like schools, public gardens, and sportsgrounds.

• Hand-held hoses may be used at any time, although it is recommended watering is done during cooler periods of early morning or evening.

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 general enquiries number 6660 0300.

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

There are no current water restrictions for the Mid Richmond towns of Coraki, Woodburn, Evans Head, Broadwater and Rileys Hill.

Rous County Council supplies the Mid Richmond and has advised via its website that level one water restrictions will be introduced when the water level in Rocky Creek Dam falls below 60 percent. It currently sits at 80 per cent.

If you have any queries regarding the level of water restrictions currently in place in the Mid Richmond please contact Rous County Council on the water restrictions hotline 1800 450 203.

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