Water saving tips and water education activities

Enter the 160 Litre Challenge to WIN!

The challenge is on to come up with innovative ideas on how to use less than 160 litres of water per person per day.

The 160 Litre Challenge is an initiative run by Rous County Council in conjunction with Lismore City, Ballina Shire, Byron Shire and Richmond Valley councils.

Kids under 18 years old can win double yearly passes to Wet ’n’ Wild by submitting their most creative photo or video on how to reduce water use.

Northern Rivers residents can win a water-efficient dishwasher or washing machine up to the value of $1500 as the major prize in the competition.

In a region with a rapidly growing population and increasing extreme weather conditions, being water aware and water wise is more relevant than ever.

Northern Rivers residents use around 194 litres of water per person per day on average. A four-minute shower alone can use between 24 and 36 litres, even with a water-efficient showerhead.

Simple changes to everyday behaviour, such as turning the taps off while brushing your teeth, can make an impact on water use in the home.

By limiting water use to 160 litres per person per day you’ll be saving money on your water and electricity bills as well as helping to preserve our precious water resources in this region.

Are you up for the 160 Litre Challenge? Reduce your water use. Prove you’re a water saver and win!

For more information on how to enter go to www.rous.nsw.gov.au/160litrechallenge or find us on Instagram @160LitreChallenge.


Save water and help protect our future water supply

Did you know that our growing population means demand will exceed our water supply by the year 2024 unless we act? Changing climate also means less reliable rainfall and more extreme weather, including droughts.

Rous County Council and Lismore City Council encourage people to learn our water saving tips in the seemingly green Northern Rivers.

You can save on costs and help ensure there is water fo all now and into the future.

Three top tips to start saving water:

  1. Trigger up – Fit your hand-held hose with an on/off trigger nozzle.
  2. Dusk or dawn – Water your garden after 3pm or before 10am.
  3. Tank it – Install a rainwater tank and save on your water bills.

Rous County Council also offers rebates of up to $2170 to install a rainwater tank.

You can download the Why Save Water in the Northern Rivers? diagram to learn more, or for more information on water saving and tank rebates, contact Rous County Council on 02 6623 3800 or www.rous.nsw.gov.au.


Water restrictions

Rous County Council sets the water restrictions for the Lismore water supply while Lismore City Council is in charge of setting water restrictions for the Nimbin Water Supply as this does not come from theRous catchment area. There are currently NO water restructions in place in Lismore or Nimbin however people are encouraged to always follow every day watering measures.

For more information, visit Rous County Council.


Water education activities for primary and secondary schools

Students of all ages benefit from learning about ways in which we can all help improve the health of our drinking water catchment.

Teaching children the value of water as a precious resource helps get the message into more households and sets up good habits for life.

We have a variety of programs available for both primary and secondary students.


Primary schools

Water conservation activity day at Rocky Creek Dam with $100 bus subsidy
A day at Rocky Creek Dam where students take part in a range of activities that consider the questions: Where does your water come from and where does it go? How can I conserve water?

Equipment and materials for these activities are provided by Council and the activities are led by Council's Waste and Water Education Officer and teachers, with easy instruction explained on the day.

'Love it or Lose it' Catchment Model class sessions
Using Council's captivating working 3D catchment model (see more info below) we consider the questions: How can I help to keep the catchment and its creeks and rivers clean and healthy? Why should our school save water?

The model can be set up in your school yard with a timetable made to accommodate sessions for groups of students. This activity suits the curriculum outcomes of the Stage 2 and 3 Geography and Science syllabus. In preparation for the visit, students can watch fun videos in class from the local 'Love it or Lose it' campiagne website at loveitorloseit.com.au.

Secondary Schools

Water in the world: Catchment Model class sessions
Using Council's captivating working 3D catchment model (see more info below) we consider water as a resource and the issues and management practices as water flows through the catchment. The model can be set up in your school yard with a timetable made to accommodate sessions for groups of students. This activity suits the curriculum outcomes of the Stage 4 Geography syllabus.

For more information on the above activities or to make bookings, phone our Waste Education Officer on 1300 87 83 87.

3D Catchment Model

The 3D Richmond and Brunswick Catchment Model is available free for community groups, schools and educational events.

The Catchment Model is great for kids, with interactive elements that allow children and adults to see how rain carries stormwater around our towns and into our water catchments. Children get to participate and add the 'rain' themselves, making the learning process fun and interesting.

The Richmond and Brunswick Catchment Model is aimed at demonstrating:

  • What is a catchment?
  • What are local catchment management issues?
  • How do our daily practices have an effect on the land, water and native plants and animals?
  • What choices can we make, or actions can we take, for a healthy catchment?

The Catchment Model can be brought to your school or community event and operated by a trained Council Education Officer. A teacher must supervise school groups.

For more information see the brochure below or for bookings, phone 1300 87 83 87.

Catchment Model Brochure