NSW non-urban water metering framework

The NSW Government is committed to implementing a robust metering framework to improve the standard and coverage of non‑urban water meters across NSW. This is an important step in helping to build community confidence in how the state’s water is managed.

The new non‑urban water metering framework began in December 2018 and will be implemented through a staged roll-out over five years.

View the latest metering updates

The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the metering rules. While the Government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules, the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their obligations by the deadline. The Government has also made a number of minor amendments to the metering rules. See the latest metering updates for more information.

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    Water Management (General) Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulation 2020

    The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is seeking your feedback on proposed changes to the Water Management (General) Regulation 2020 to improve consistency and transparency of reporting for metered water users.

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    Overview of the non-urban water metering framework

    Information and regular updates about the metering rules being rolled out across NSW.

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    Metering requirements and specifications

    Technical information about metering equipment including how to access the list of pattern approved meters, how to report faulty meters, how to register an inactive work and access to the maintenance specifications water users and duly qualified persons must follow.

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    Information about telemetry requirements, market engagement and the listing of compatible telemetry devices and solutions.

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    Forms, certificates and fact sheets

    Fact sheets, best practice guides and approved forms water users and duly qualified persons need to complete and submit to the government.

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    Previous community consultation

    Read an overview of the actions taken by the government following the 2019 Roadshow and access reports and submissions following previous metering consultations.

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    Contacts and additional information

    Contact information for duly qualified persons, other organisations involved in metering and web links to the Department's Drought Hub.

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    Government owned meter transition scheme

    In late 2019, the NSW Government confirmed it would transition all government-owned meters on private land to private ownership, and that it would consult with affected water users to develop a meter transition scheme.