Barwon, Darling and West
Far North Coast
If you have a pump or pumps 100mm or above or bores 200mm or above in the Macquarie, Gwydir, Namoi, Border Rivers and Barwon-Darling regions, you should immediately:
- Check your status – review the details on your licence and approvals via the NSW Water Register and use the metering guidance tool to check if this regulation applies to you. Check to see that the works on your licence and approvals match those that are on the ground. If your works are inactive, you will need to contact WaterNSW to tag your work as inactive.
- Engage a DQP – contact a duly qualified person (DQP) in your area (you can find one at Irrigation Australia) to get the right kind of meters, have them validated, and connected to the Data Acquisition Service.
- Contact WaterNSW – if you don’t think these rules apply to you, contact WaterNSW to either tag your work inactive or to update the work size on your approvals.
We conducted desktop audits and found worryingly low rates of compliance with the new metering rules. We shared these results with the water community and spoke to water users over the phone to find out more about their efforts to comply.
We visited properties that housed more than 750 works to confirm the compliance picture. Again we shared the results to the water community, praising those who had done the right thing and offering advice or firm directions to those who had not.
While we continue to investigate and take action against the water users who had not made a reasonable effort to comply by the 1 December 2020 deadline, we have turned our attention to the next deadline. We want to encourage those in the northern inland region of the state who are subject to the metering framework’s next deadline of 1 December 2021 to act now.
Visit the department’s metering webpage for more information on how to comply.