Water metering and reporting

Measuring and reporting requirements

The Government Regulations for Measuring and Reporting Water Takes 2010 came into effect in November 2010, requiring anyone with consent to take water at a rate of 5 litres per second or more to measure and record their water take with an accuracy of plus or minus 5%.

Measuring water use

Keeping a track of the volume of water consented for use and making sure it is accurate means we can better strike the balance between using and protecting the fresh water resources in the region.

Monitoring your water take also helps you make sure you are complying with consent conditions and using water resources in the most effective and effecient way.

When must I comply?

If your water-take consent was granted on or after 10 November 2010, you must comply with the Regulations for Measuring and Reporting Water Takes before you first use your consent. 

If your consent was granted before 10 November 2010, the deadline for compliance depends on your consented rate of take:

  • 20 litres per second or more: No later than 10 November 2012.
  • 10 litres per second up to 20 litres per second: No later than 10 November 2014.
  • 5 litres per second up to 10 litres per second: No later than 10 November 2016.

Code of practice

In partnership with Regional Councils and industry bodies, the Ministry for the Environment and Irrigation New Zealand have developed a Water Measurement Code of Practice to give permit holders greater certainty about services that comply with the regulations. 

Installing a water meter

  • To comply with measuring and reporting regulations, you must install a water meter at the point of abstraction. Under limited circumstances the Council may consider an application for a meter at an alternative locatin.
  • Water meters must be installed as per manufacturer's specifications or as outlined in the Water Measurement Code of Practice. 
  • You must provide an installation certificate to the Council following any new installation.  

Verification of meters

For measuring and reporting to be useful, we must be able to rely confidently on the water-take data we get.

  • All water meters that fall under the national regulations or under resource consent requirement must be verified to be accurate to within ± 5%.
  • Verification is required initially, and then every five years
  • The Council only accepts verifications carried out by the 'Blue Tick' accredited service providers. 
  • Accredited Service Providers must provide verifications in a TRC verification report form. Forms not filled out completely will not be accepted and be returned to the verifier/consent holder. 

Irrigation New Zealand's Water Measurement 'Blue Tick' Accreditation Programme provides a list of accredited companies that have agreed to install, verify and provide data management services in compliance with both Water Measurement Code of Practice and the Regulations for Measuring and Reporting Water Takes 2010.