Water Catchments

Our drinking water comes from the Rocky Creek dam, Emigrant Creek dam, Marom Creek weir and the Wilsons River.  These water sources are located in several catchments in the Northern Rivers.

A CATCHMENT IS AN AREA THAT FEEDS WATER TO A CREEK, RIVER OR OTHER WATER BODY.  CATCHMENTS PROVIDING OUR WATER ARE:

  • Rocky Creek catchment
  • Wilsons River catchment
  • Emigrant Creek catchment
  • Marom Creek

For more information about local water catchments go to the Rous Water website.

Visit Rous Water website

Water Loss

One of Ballina Shire Council’s priorities is managing leaking and broken pipes to ensure we minimise our water loss.

Council has a Pressure Leakage Management Plan that allows us to monitor and control our underground water supply network to reduce our water loss. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Water loss can also occur on your property.

You can check your own water loss by turning off all your taps and appliances and simply reading your water meter. If the numbers on your meter change, call a licensed plumber.

Call us on 6686 1497 if you see a water leak or mains break. 

If you have a sudden reduction in pressure please check that any isolation valves are fully turned on. This may include your water meter valve and hot water valve.

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Save Water at Home

Conserving water is good for the environment and will also save you money.

Where we use water in our homes: 

where we use water in our homes chart

EASY WAYS TO USE LESS WATER

  • make sure you have a full load before turning on your dishwasher or washing machine
  • wash fruit and vegies in the sink, or in a bowl of water, and then throw the water on the garden
  • turn off the tap while you are cleaning your teeth
  • connect your toilet, washing machine and outdoor tap to Council’s high quality recycled water.

pipe icon  CHECK FOR LEAKING PIPES

  • near the hot water unit
  • near the washing machine
  • near the dishwasher
  • under the floor
  • above the ceiling

tap icon  CHECK FOR LEAKING TAPS AND TOILETS

  • a leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres of water every month
  • to check to see if your toilet is leaking place a sheet of paper at the back of the bowl - if it remains dry between flushes you do not have a leak.

stars icon  INSTALL WATER EFFICIENT PRODUCTS SUCH AS

  • 3 star water efficient taps
  • flow-regulating aerators in taps
  • 3 star water efficient showerheads

When you need to replace your old appliances make sure you choose models that are water and energy efficient and watch your water bills go down.

how much water can you save?

 shower icon  Shower 8 minutes  normal showerhead uses 120 litres
water efficient showerhead uses 70 litres
toilet icon  Toilet  single flush uses 12 litres
dual flush uses 3-6 litres
wash icon  Washing Machine  top loader uses 170 litres
front loader uses 80 litres

Save Water in the Garden

plant icon  CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS AND SOIL

  • water the base of your plants, not the leaves
  • mulch the gardens to reduce moisture and water loss
  • plant natives or drought tolerant species
  • if you must water the garden the best times are early in the morning or late afternoon
  • hosing can use up to 20 litres a minute.

meter icon  CHECK YOUR WATER METER

Turn off all your taps and check your water meter.  If the numbers are still turning you could have a leak.  If you don’t know where your water meter is, call us on 6686 4444.

pool icon  MAINTAIN YOUR POOL

  • buy a cover for your pool to reduce evaporation
  • keep the water level of your pool halfway up the skimmer. 

home icon  MAINTAIN YOUR PROPERTY

  • wash your car on the lawn
  • use a broom, rake or outdoor blower to remove dust and leaves
  • check your outdoor taps for leaks.

raintank icon  INSTALL A RAINWATER TANK OR CONNECT TO RECYCLED WATER

  • rainwater tanks capture rainwater from your roof which can be used around your garden, or in the home for a toilet or washing machine
  • recycled water has been treated to a high standard at a wastewater treatment plant to remove impurities and is able to be reused in the garden and for a toilet or washing machine.

Claim a rainwater tank rebate

Save Water at Work

meter icon  UNDERSTAND YOUR WATER USE

  • read meters daily to make sure you don’t have undetected leaks
  • benchmark your water use to compare your results with other businesses

pipe icon  FIX LEAKS

  • check for leaks in taps, pipes, hoses, toilets and urinals.

stars icon  INSTALL WATER EFFICIENT DEVICES

  • 3 star flow restrictors on taps and showers will save water and reduce splashing
  • replace single flush toilets with dual flush models.

tap icon  IMPLEMENT WATER EFFICIENT PROCESSES

  • mop floors instead of hosing
  • ask staff to wash dishes in a sink instead of under a running tap
  • could you install your own wastewater treatment system for long-term savings?

Water Restrictions

Water restrictions are required during times of dry weather and low rainfall.

Rous Water, the regional bulk water supply authority, notifies councils to implement water restrictions when the level of Rocky Creek dam drops to 60%.

Because of the relatively high rainfall on the far north coast water restrictions are not implemented very often.

Rous Water

Rous Water is the regional water supply authority in the Northern Rivers and provides water for most of the residents of the Ballina, Lismore, Byron and Richmond Valley shires from the Rocky Creek and Emigrant Creek dams. Exceptions are Wardell and Meerschaum Vale which are supplied from Marom Creek Weir. This supply is wholly managed by Ballina Shire Council.

Rous Water provides water to local reservoirs in the Ballina Shire.  Ballina Shire Council is responsible for distributing the water to homes and businesses. 

For more information go to Rous Water

Fluoride

Fluoride is added to the Ballina Shire drinking water supply under strict standards prescribed by NSW Health. Scientists and governments around the world support water fluoridation as a safe and reliable way to prevent dental decay.

Read the factsheet on fluoridation of Council's water supply

HOW IS FLUORIDE ADDED TO OUR DRINKING WATER?

Fluoride is added to Ballina Shire’s drinking water at several locations:

  • Ballina Shire Council operates a fluoride plant at Marom Creek.  This services the Meerschaum Vale and Wardell communities.
  • Rous Water operates fluoride plants at Clunes, Knockrow, Dorroughby and Corndale.  These plants supply fluoridated water to the rest of the Ballina Shire and residents of Lismore, and Richmond Valley.

fluoride map

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FLUORIDE