Measuring and Reporting Water Takes - National Regulation  

In November 2010 central government introduced new regulations regarding consents for consumptive fresh water takes above 5 litres per second (l/s). This page explains measuring and reporting requirements for consent holders.

Government Regulation, Local Monitoring

Central government has passed the Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulation 2010. Tasman District Council is required to implement the regulations. 

Council continues to work through the implications of the regulations and will contact all holders of water permits as and when the regulations apply to them and outlining any changes that may be required.

Affected Consent Holders    

The regulation applies to you if you hold a resource consent (i.e. water permit) to take freshwater and your consent allows you to take a rate of 5 l/s or more.

  • If your consent specifies a maximum rate in litres per second, that is your rate in regards to the regulation.
  • If hourly, daily or other volumes are specified in cubic metres (m³), it will need to be converted to litres per second with the highest value calculated applying. 
  • If you take less than 5 l/s but are already metered, your consent requirement will continue.

The Council intends to continue to require water meters for nearly all consented water takes, including those less than 5 litres per second but water meters do not need to be electronic output capable and verification requirements may not be the same as required by the Regulations.

Under the regulations where a water take from storage is greater than 5 l/s a meter will required.  However Council rules in the TRMP provide options to consent holders. 

TRMP Change: Managing Water Takes from Storage

Note: The regulation only applies to fresh water takes and does not apply to water takes that are non-consumptive (where you return the same amount of water back to the same water body, at or near the location from which it was taken, with no significant delay).

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Transitional Implementation Dates    

The regulations apply to all new consents granted after 10 November 2010. For existing consents granted before that date, transitional implementation dates apply, depending on the rate of take:

  • 20 l/s or more: comply by 10 November 2012
  • 10 l/s or more, but less than 20 l/s: comply by 10 November 2014
  • 5 l/s or more, but less than 10 l/s: comply by 10 November 2016

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Main Requirements of the New Regulations    

The national regulation requirements for water metering are different to the Council policy and rules in the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP).  The policy and rules in the TRMP  were updated to ensure they are consistent with the regulations. The Council therefore amended the TRMP throughout 2012.

  • Install and maintain an accurate water measuring device or system (water meter)
  • Take daily readings (or by agreement, weekly) from that device (keep auditable records)
  • Provide your daily records together as a set of annual records to the Tasman District Council
  • Periodically get your water measuring device tested for accuracy
  • The meter is to measure water within ±5% for takes from a full pipe, or ±10% for takes by open channel or partially full pipe
  • The meter is to be installed at the point where water is taken (you can ask Tasman District Council for written approval to locate the device as near as practicable to this point)
  • The meter is to be able to provide data in a form suitable for electronic storage (i.e. be capable of a pulse output)
  • The meter is to be suited to the water being measured (eg, its sediment content); be sealed; and be as tamper-proof as practicable

Information about water metering specifications is available: Water Metering Specifications

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Accreditation Programme    

Irrigation New Zealand is promoting industry accreditation for the installation and verification of water meters. The industry accreditation programme has been designed to give irrigators certainty that they will comply with the Water Measurement and Reporting Regulations 2010. It provides guidelines, training and an accredited status for quality service providers.

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Summary Information for Water Consent Holders    

Get answers to frequently asked questions about how the National Regulations affect water users.

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Further Information

For more information regarding the new regulations please contact Joseph Thomas - Resource Scientist (Water), Tasman District Council

Detailed information can also be found on the Ministry for the Environment website - Measuring and Reporting Water Takes

Note: These requirements are either additional to or superseded by any Tasman District Council requirements.

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