Metering Update

Metering Update

The NSW Government moves back dates for its new metering rules

The NSW Government announced on 4 October 2019 that it will move back the start dates for its new metering rules.

The government recognises that the lack of water in this extreme drought will make it impossible for many water users to meet the current deadline to comply with the new metering rules.

This most immediately impacts large water users with surface water pumps 500 mm and above whose previous compliance date of 1 December 2019 has been moved back to 1 December 2020.

The new start dates for all works requiring a meter are listed below:

*          1 December 2020 – surface water pumps 500mm and above - All regions

*          1 December 2021 – remaining works that require a meter - Northern Inland regions

*          1 December 2022 – remaining works that require a meter - Southern Inland regions

*          1 December 2023 – remaining works that require a meter – Coastal regions

Useful links and information:

Find out how the new metering rules apply to you under the NSW non-urban water metering framework by using the Metering Guidance Tool.

More information about the NSW non-urban metering framework can be found on the department’s website.

Check the current conditions of your work approval on the NSW Water Register.

You can amend the details of your work approval by visiting the licensing section of our website.

Inactive works do not require a meter. You can apply on our website to make your surface works inactive.

If you notice your metering equipment is not working, you have 24 hours to self-report it by completing the online S91i form.

Additional information about metering can be found on our website.

If you have any questions, call our friendly customer service officers on 1300 662 077 or email


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