NSW Metering Guidance Tool
The NSW Government has adjusted the first three start dates for the new metering rules. The government remains committed to rolling out the metering rules. However the lack of water due to the severe drought conditions made it impossible for most water users to meet their new obligations by the original deadline. The Government is also carefully considering the other feedback it heard during the recent metering roadshow, and will provide its response soon.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (the department) has created this tool to assist water users determine if they are required to comply with the current metering framework. It consists of a series of short questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

You can access the full suite of information regarding the NSW non-urban water metering framework, including the regulation and policy, in the water reform section of the department's website:


Please note:

• this tool is intended for guidance purposes only.

• it applies to licensed surface water and groundwater works.

• some works, such as those used only for stock and domestic take under basic landholder rights, are not subject to these metering rules.

• this tool does not apply to works already required to meter or measure (as a condition of your work approval or licence). These works must have compliant metering equipment installed by the roll-out date. Any new or replacement metering equipment installed on these works from 1 April 2019 must comply with the new meter standards.

If you require further information regarding your specific circumstances, please contact the department:

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