Water Reform Action Plan
As part of the NSW Government’s Water Reform Action Plan, our department is committed to implementing a robust metering framework.
To do this, the NSW Government undertook consultation with the community about water reforms in the first quarter of 2018. This included releasing a paper on water take measurement and metering as part of a public submission process. A series of roadshows in key regional areas were held to ensure communities were able to provide comment and input into the development of the metering policy. Analysis of the submissions and feedback received is underway, and these views will help shape the policy settings. For information on this, go to Community consultation.
Legislation to support the metering reforms is to be introduced into NSW Parliament in June 2018. The NSW Government will consult with the community on regulations to implement the metering reforms in the second half of 2018.
Do I need a water meter?
Your water licence or water supply work approval may require you to measure the volume of water you take using a meter. If required, your licence or approval will specify the metering standards you must comply with.
You may also choose to use a meter to be eligible to be billed under the two-part tariff for your water management charges.
Water management charges
Water management charges are levied on water access licences to recover part of the cost of water management services provided by our department and WaterNSW.
These charges are set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). For information, go to https://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au
The way these charges are billed depends on whether the water taken is metered.
The one-part tariff applies to water access licences which nominate a water supply work which is not metered for all or part of the billing period.
The one-part tariff comprises:
- water entitlement charge, which is calculated based on the quantity of share component of a water access licence multiplied by the one-part tariff entitlement charge rate for the river valley or groundwater area.
As the volume of water taken is not metered, the one-part tariff assumes the full water allocation credited to the water access licence is taken.
The two-part tariff applies to water access licences which nominate a water supply work which is metered for all of the billing period.
The two-part tariff comprises:
- water entitlement charge, which is calculated based on the quantity of share component of a water access licence multiplied by the two-part tariff entitlement charge rate for the river valley or groundwater area, and
- water take charge, which is calculated based on the volume of water which was taken under the water access licence multiplied by the two-part tariff usage charge rate for the river valley or groundwater area, and
- metering charge.
The water entitlement charge and water take charge under the two-part tariff is less than the water entitlement charge under the one-part tariff. This means the two-part tariff is more cost-effective than the one-part tariff, particularly if you do not use your full water allocation.
WaterNSW provides customer services for billing. If you install a meter, you can apply to WaterNSW be billed under the two-part tariff.
Our department is responsible for managing legislation and policies relevant to metering.
WaterNSW provides customer services for metering.
For information, go to WaterNSW’s website.
The NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) is responsible for compliance and enforcement of NSW water law including meter requirements.
It is an offence to:
- fail to comply with conditions on your water licence or approval which require you to install and use a meter
- fail to install metering equipment when required
- fail to ensure the proper operation of any installed metering equipment
- take water from a metered water supply work if the meter is not working properly
- interfere with, damage, destroy or disconnect any metering equipment
- fail to keep required metering records.
For information, go to Compliance.
What should I do if my meter is not working properly?
If your meter is not working properly and you need to take water, contact WaterNSW.
Water meter policies
- pattern approved by the National Measurement Institute - where pattern approval is available
- installed in accordance with ATS 4747 of Standards Australian.