Who this affects
Water users who receive a floodplain harvesting access licence must install metering equipment under Clause 238B of Water Management (General) Regulation (2018).
Measuring floodplain harvesting
Floodplain harvesting needs to be accurately measured to ensure that water take is consistent with the individual licensed volumes and legal limits.
To measure floodplain harvesting, licence holders must install telemetered metering equipment, either on storages used for floodplain harvesting, or at the point where water is taken.
These approaches to primary metering equipment are known as:
When to start using primary measuring equipment
Landholders have 12 months from the first time their floodplain harvesting access licence is credited to install primary metering equipment.
If landholders wish to floodplain harvest before this time, they will need to install, as a minimum, a secondary metering device.
Floodplain measurement equipment requirements and installation
To measure floodplain harvesting, licence holders must install metering equipment that transmits data in near real-time on storages used for floodplain harvesting.
You will need to hire a duly qualified person who has the required qualifications, skills or experience to install specific metering equipment.
Visit the DQP portal to submit measurement installation documentation and ensure equipment is properly fitted.
See a list of compliant primary storage sensors for floodplain harvesting.
Standards and guidelines to help you understand floodplain harvesting measurement
The following standard and guidelines have been developed to help landholders get measurement ready and ensure that metering equipment is installed and validated in accordance with the Minister’s specifications:
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