Rous Water provides bulk water to four council areas in the region including Byron Shire. All urban areas in Byron Shire, with the exception of Mullumbimby which is supplied from Council's Laverty's Gap Weir, are supplied water from Rocky Creek Dam which is managed by Rous Water.
Rous Water is a County Council and two Councillor representatives are appointed from each of the four constituent Councils, Ballina, Byron, Lismore, and Richmond Valley. Byron Shire Councillors Duncan Dey and Diane Woods are currently members of Rous Water Council.
Mullumbimby's water supply is sources from Laverty's Gap Weir, an upper catchment system of the Wilsons River, providing good quality water. The original water supply scheme, constructed in 1939, consists of: the weir, a race/tunnel from the weir to the treatment plant, a water treatment plant (WTP), reservoirs, water mains and pipelines. Further information is available in Mullumbimby Water Stories 1.78MB.
Please refer to the Drinking Water Quality Drinking Plan for more information.