Minister announces review of non-urban metering

Minister for Water Rose Jackson has announced that the NSW Government will thoroughly review the non-urban metering rules.

Minister for Water Rose Jackson has announced that the NSW Government will thoroughly review the non-urban metering rules.

The goal is to make it easier for water users across the state to become compliant. The review will also ensure water use is being measured and managed fairly and sustainably.

You can read Minister Jackson’s announcement here.

The review aims to accelerate progress on compliance and will give water users a chance to have their say on proposed changes.

Nearly five years have passed since these rules were enacted. While many large commercial water users have jumped on board, thousands of smaller operators have not.

There are valid reasons for this. These include difficulties in accessing the right people to install new meters, supply chain disruptions, the cost of equipment and the recent flooding. These are barriers we can look at addressing.

The review will give all water users an opportunity to have their say on how we can improve the way water take is being monitored so that everyone is getting their fair share and those doing the wrong thing are held to account.

The review into non-urban metering is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.

Water users will be notified when public consultation commences and they are strongly encouraged to provide feedback.

While the review is underway, there will be no change to the regulations and compliance expectations already in place.

Water users in NSW coastal regions need to comply by 1 December 2024. Anyone installing a new or replacement meter must comply with the metering rules regardless of their compliance date unless an exemption applies.

Water users can use the online Metering Guidance Tool to check if the rules apply to them.

The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) will continue to take a fair and measured approach to enforcing the rules.

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