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

Pattern approved water meters must be installed READ MORE

When do you need a compliant water meter?

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.

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