About water metering
The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the new metering rules. The government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules. However the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their new obligations by the original deadline.
The Government is also carefully considering the other feedback it heard during the recent metering roadshow, and will provide its response soon. About telemetry
Under NSW’s metering rules, all surface and groundwater works
captured by the rules need to be fitted with an accurate meter and a
telemetry-capable data logger (a Local Intelligence Device or ‘LID’).
All LIDs must be able to connect to a water meter, be capable of
transmitting metering data to the government via telemetry, and meet certain
minimum physical and functional requirements specified in the Regulation, the
Data Logging and Telemetry Specifications 2020 and associated guidelines.
Although all LIDs need to be equipped with the capability to
transmit data, via telemetry to the DAS, only water users with surface water
works, except pumps less than 200mm, need to utilise this capability.
Further information on the list of compatible data logging and
telemetry devices and solutions can be found in the telemetry section of the department's website. About this tool
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (the department) has created this tool to assist water users determine if they are required to comply with the current metering framework. It consists of a series of short questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete.
You can access the full suite of information regarding the NSW non-urban water metering framework, including the regulation and policy, in the water reform section
of the department's website. Please note:
- this tool is intended for guidance purposes only
- it applies to licensed surface water and groundwater works
- some works, such as those used only for stock and domestic take under basic landholder rights, are not subject to these metering rules
- this tool does not apply to works already required to meter or measure (as a condition of your work approval or licence). These works must have compliant metering equipment installed by the roll-out date. Any new or replacement metering equipment installed on these works from 1 April 2019 must comply with the new meter standards.
If you require further information regarding your specific circumstances, please contact the department: firstname.lastname@example.org.