Water Metering

The Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulation 2010 applies to resource consents allowing fresh water to be taken at a rate of 5 Litres per second or more.

This regulation does not apply to water takes that do not need a consent or that are non-consumptive (where you will 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).

If the regulations apply to you and your consent was granted before 10 November 2010, the deadline for compliance depends on your consented rate of take:

  • 20 litres per second or more; no later than 10 November 2012
  • 10 litres per second up to 20 litres per second: no later than 10 November 2014
  • 5 litres per second up to 10 litres per second: no later than 10 November 2016

Click here for further information on the new regulations


Selecting a meter

West Coast Regional Council minimum requirement is that a water meter and data logger is installed on all water takes to provide a continuous measurement of water taken and keep records specifying 'zero' when no water is taken. Data is required to be electronically submitted to the Council annually at the end of the irrigation season (30 June each year). Data is required to be submitted in the format provided below

DateTimeVolume (L/s)

 Under Government regulations, all water meters need to be checked for accuracy on an ongoing basis and you should take this into consideration when deciding the type of meter you chose to have installed. Other aspects that should also be considered are maintenance, sediment content of water, ease of data collection and longevity.

The following forms will need to be filled out on installation of the meter and at the time of verification.

Verification Form (DOC, 97KB)

For information on water meter types, please speak with your installer about which meter is best for you.


Submitting Your Data

After your meter has been installed, you will need to record and submit your water use data to the Council. To do this, extract the data logger export file and email this to watermeter@wcrc.govt.nz or Do It Online


Contact Information

Please contact West Coast Regional Council on (03) 768 0466 or 0508 800 118 or email watermeter@wcrc.govt.nz for more information.

Page reviewed: 14 Apr 2014 4:42pm