FUTURE HOPE: Wayne Franklin, engineer at Rous Water, inspects the Wilsons River Source pumping station upstream of Lismore. The facility will help drought-proof our fast-growing region.
FUTURE HOPE: Wayne Franklin, engineer at Rous Water, inspects the Wilsons River Source pumping station upstream of Lismore. The facility will help drought-proof our fast-growing region.

Rous Water has a plan for shortages

WE ARE blessed to live in a region with a nearly guaranteed supply of clean, rain-fed drinking water.

But even paradise sometimes succumbs to drought.

That happened in 2002-03, when Rocky Creek Dam dropped to 23 per cent of its capacity for the first time.

As a result our local water supply authority, Rous County Council, implemented unheard-of water saving measures.

One major outcome of that drought was the construction of the Wilsons River Source, a pumping station upstream of Lismore which sends 4000 mega litres each year to the water treatment works at Rocky Creek Dam, through a 32km rising main.

Now, after one of our wettest years, the water authority has created a new strategy to deal with future shortages.

For example, the authority currently serves 95,000 permanent residents, but if our region experiences high growth that number could double by 2050.

The Northern Rivers community is now invited to attend a community information session to find out more about Rous's future water strategy.

Rous Water's general manager, Mr Kyme Lavelle, said all residents, industry representatives and community organisations were invited to attend.

Two community information sessions will be held, the first next Tuesday, September 29, from 6-8.30pm, and the second on Wednesday, September 30 from 9.30am-noon.

Both meetings will be held in the Lismore Workers Club.

The Future Water Strategy will consider the capacity of Rous Water's existing water sources to meet future demand, as well as considering alternative sources, water saving measures and potential new sources, such as the Dunoon Dam proposal.

Mr Lavelle said the strategy would be developed in consultation with the community over the next two-and-a-half years.

“If community members are unable to attend an information session there are other ways to be involved in the development of the strategy, and I encourage community members to register online or by phone to receive regular project updates.”



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