Drought Relief

At its Ordinary Meeting on Thursday, 20 September 2018, Edward River Council resolved to implement a Drought Relief Water Allocation Program, enabling eligible drought-affected ratepayers in the Edward River local government area to access up to 30,000 litres of rural water per application, free of charge, for stock and domestic use.

How to Apply

To apply for Council's Drought Relief Water Application Program, download and complete the Drought Relief Water Allocation Form(PDF, 338KB) .

Once you complete and return your form, you will receive an allocation from Council's Customer Service team, after which you can contact one of the following water carters and organise water delivery:
  •  Deni Freighters: (03) 5882 2111
  •  Druitt Earthworks: (03) 5881 7280
  •  Rourke Grains: 0427 948 112

Please note that payment of carting fee is the responsibility of the applicant and is to be made payable to the water carter.

For private water carting; applicants are able to receive a fob key allowing them to access to a filling station. The fob key is to be returned to Council after water allocation. If not returned, Council will have the fob key cancelled. If you lose the fob key, you must immediately notify AVDATA on (02) 6262 8111 or Council's Customer Service Centre on (03) 5898 3000.

The completed Application Form must be returned to Council's Customer Service Centre at 180 Cressy Street, Deniliquin.

For further information about the Drought Relief Water Allocation Program or assistance in completing the Application Form, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on (03) 5898 3000 or via email at council@edwardriver.nsw.gov.au.

Other Drought Assistance in NSW

NSW DroughtHub provides a one-stop online destination for information on a range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for, and manage, drought. Visit NSW DroughtHub to learn more about the NSW Government's Emergency Drought Relief Package and apply for Drought Transport Subsidies.

A full list of available drought assistance programs and initiatives, including financial assistance and support and advice services, is available from the Department of Primary Industries website.