Requirements for metering water use are set out under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Regulations 2000.
The requirements are being introduced over a five-year period and apply to licences:
- with an entitlement of 500 000 kL or more from 31 March 2018
- to all licences with an annual water entitlement from 10 000 kL by 31 December 2020.
The regulations set out requirements for:
- installing and maintaining meters
- providing meter details and regular meter readings to the department.
- Metering Regulations, fact sheet for licensees
- Metering Regulations Frequently Asked Questions
- Meter installation guide
- How to read your meter
- Rights in Water and Irrigation (Approved Meters) Order 2009 fact sheet
- Metering your water use under the Metering Regulations (pdf)
- Managing a licence and updating meter details online
- Managing your meter data online
- Rights in Water and Irrigation Regulations 2000
You should contact us immediately if:
- You think you may not be able to fit a meter within the timeframe specified (notify us before the installation deadline).
- You are unable to read your meter or report the meter readings by the due date, for any reason.
- You think your meter may not be accurately recording water use. For example, if the meter is not registering water flow when the pump is switched on, or if water use is higher or lower than expected.
- A meter is damaged, or if for any reason you think that your meter may have malfunctioned (within 7 days).
- A meter must be removed for maintenance or repair or any other reason.
- A meter is replaced for any reason.
- You plan to drill new wells, construct new dams or alter existing infrastructure, as you may need to apply for a licence or permit to do this.