NSW Government implements new water metering framework

New and replacement meters installed after 1 April 2019 must comply with new standards.

A robust new metering framework to improve the standard and coverage of non-urban water meters across NSW commenced on 1 December 2018. The NSW government committed to this framework under the Water Reform Action Plan.

The framework will be implemented through a staged roll-out over five years. The framework will be reviewed after five years to assess its performance against the objectives.

A number of new metering requirements commenced on 1 April 2019:

  • all new and replacement meters installed from 1 April 2019 on works that are required to have a meter need to meet the new meter standards
  • duly qualified persons need to use new validation and design certificates
  • there is a streamlined process for faulty metering equipment and a new offence for failing to report faulty metering equipment within 24 hours
  • users with surface water works that are marked as inactive will not require a meter\
  • mandatory Maintenance Specifications for meters have been updated
  • mandatory Data Logging and Telemetry Specifications have been published

The fact sheet below provides more information about what these requirements mean for water users.

New requirements begin from 1 April 2019 (PDF 972.7 KB)

Is your water meter pattern approved?

Darling Irrigation and AGnVET Services have Certified duly qualified tradesmen to carry out certain work in relation to your metering equipment, including meter installation, certain maintenance requirements, validation and checking the accuracy of an existing meter.

If you require an assessment of your existing water or replacement, please contact: 

Kyle Wells - 0419 932 473 

Or talk to your local AGnVET or Darling Irrigation store for details.

NSW non-urban water metering framework information and fact sheet available at:  https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water-reform/metering-framework