Regulations came into force for measuring and reporting water take consents in November 2010. The Regulations require a water measuring device (water meter) to be installed on all water takes greater than 5 litres/sec. Consent holders are also required in the Regulations to record daily use (or weekly if approval is provided by the Regional Council) and submit records once a year. Every water meter is required to be verified (a test to check the accuracy of a water meter) every five years.
For existing water take consents, there is a transitional period for compliance with the Regulations. The timeframe for compliance depends on the size of your water take. From 10 November 2012 all water takes greater than 20 litres/sec are required to comply with the Regulations.
Please note that the Regulations specify minimum requirements for measuring and reporting water use. It is important that you are familiar with your consent conditions as they may require you to undertake more specific and frequent measuring and reporting of water use.
Irrigation NZ has developed the Water Measurement 'Blue Tick' Accreditation Programme, which GWRC supports. This programme identifies accredited service providers for installing and verifying water meters, and managing water use data. Using an accredited service provider gives confidence to water take consent holders that any water measurement undertaken is completed to a high standard and in accordance with best practice and minimum standards.
Due to recent interest in water bottling consents, GWRC has pulled together information relating to water bottling consents and how freshwater is managed in the Wellington region. You can find more information on our Water Bottling Consents information page.