Why do I need a water meter?

The NSW Government has new regulations for water metering which applies to licensed water users LEARN MORE

What is a pattern approved water meter?

Pattern approved water meters must be installed LEARN MORE


When do you need a compliant water meter?

If you have a large pump, 500mm or greater, then you will need a compliant water meter by 1 December 2019. If you are unsure, talk to Bernie Ward on 0436 388 153 or email bward@teamirrigation.com.au stating your works approval number and WAL number.

All new and replacement meters will need to comply with the new standards from 1 April 2019.

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Who needs a meter?

You will need a meter if you meet any of the meter thresholds: 
1. already required to meter or measure according to license conditions
2. infrastructure size meet infrastructure size thresholds
3. multiple works on the same licence, approval or landholding that meet the capacity threshold 
4. at-risk groundwater sources.



Type of water source

Infrastructure size threshold

Surface water

All works (including open channels and closed pipes) are required to

have a meter, except pumps where the authority authorises the use of a pump that is less than 100 mm.

Groundwater

All works (including individual spear points and batteries of spears) are required to have a meter, except water bores where the authority authorises the use of a bore with a diameter that is less than 200 mm, or if the authority does not specify the diameter and the water bore has a

diameter that is less than 200mm.



All works in these at-risk groundwater sources need meters, even if they are below the infrastructure size threshold. Refer to the table below:

List of at-risk groundwater sources

 

Water source

Water sharing plan

Belubula Valley Alluvial Groundwater Source Upper Lachlan Alluvial Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the Lachlan Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012

Lower Darling Alluvial Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Murray Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011

Lower Gwydir Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Gwydir Groundwater Source 2003

Lower Lachlan Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Lachlan Groundwater Source 2003

Lower Macquarie Groundwater Sources

Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Macquarie Groundwater Sources 2003

Lower Murray Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Murray Groundwater Source

Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater Sources

Water Sharing Plan for the Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater Sources 2003

Cudgegong Alluvial Groundwater Source Upper Macquarie Alluvial Groundwater Source Bell Alluvial Groundwater Source

Talbragar Alluvial Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie Bogan Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012

Upper Murray Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the Murray Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2011

Kyeamba Alluvial Groundwater Source

Mid Murrumbidgee Zone 3 Alluvial Groundwater Source Wagga Wagga Alluvial Groundwater Source

Billabong Creek Alluvial Groundwater Source Bungendore Alluvial Groundwater Source Gundagai Alluvial Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the Murrumbidgee Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012

Currabubula Alluvial Groundwater Source Manilla Alluvial Groundwater Source Quipolly Alluvial Groundwater Source Quirindi Alluvial Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the Namoi Unregulated Water Sources 2012

Macintyre Alluvial Groundwater Source

NSW Border Rivers Downstream Keetah Bridge Alluvial Groundwater Source

NSW Border Rivers Upstream Keetah Bridge Alluvial Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Border Rivers Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012

NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Great Artesian Basin Groundwater Sources 2008

Orange Basalt Groundwater Source Young Granite Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray Darling Basin Fractured Rock Groundwater Sources 2011

Gunnedah - Oxley Basin MDB (Spring Ridge) Management Zone of the Gunnedah - Oxley Basin MDB Groundwater Source

Water Sharing Plan for the NSW Murray Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater Sources 2011

Peel Alluvium Water Source

Water Sharing Plan for the Peel Valley Regulated, Unregulated, Alluvium and Fractured Rock Water Sources 2010

Upper and Lower Namoi Groundwater Sources

Water Sharing Plan for the Upper and Lower Namoi Groundwater Sources 2003


Preparing for your roll-out date

The new metering requirements will be rolled out over a five year period. Users will need to allow time to ensure their meters are compliant by the relevant roll-out date. 

Type of work

If you have a meter already before 1 April 2019

If you don’t have a meter

Work meets the infrastructure size or multiple works threshold

Required to:

    confirm meter is pattern-approved and validated or is accurate and submit report to Minister

    install tamper-evident seals and data logger

    install telemetry (except for surface water pumps authorised to be less than 200 mm and groundwater works)

If meter does not meet the above requirements, replace it with a meter that meets the new meter standards.

Required to install a new meter that meets the new meter standards.

Work is below the infrastructure size or multiple works threshold, but:

  • the work is already required to have a meter, or
  • is located in an at-risk groundwater source

Must ensure the meter is operating properly.

If meter is not operating properly, replace it with a meter that meets the new meter standards.

Required to install a new meter that meets the new meter standards.



When do I need a meter?


Installation roll out dates are staged over 5 years. 


Stage

Works covered

Roll-out date

1

Large works: Surface water pumps authorised by the authority to be 500 mm or larger, or the pump installed is 500 mm or larger

1 December 2019

2

Inland northern region:

  • All remaining works that meet the metering thresholds in the water sources in the listed water sharing plans and
  • all works under a Water Act 1912 entitlement with a number that begins with 80, 85 or 90

1 December 2020

3

Inland southern region:

  • All remaining works that meet the metering thresholds in the water sources in the listed water sharing plans, and
  • all works under a Water Act 1912 entitlement with a number that begins with 40, 50, 57, 60 or 70

1 December 2021

4

Coastal region:

  • All remaining works that meet the metering thresholds in the water sources in the listed water sharing plans, and
  • all works under a Water Act 1912 entitlement with a number that begins with 10, 20 or 30

1 December 2023