In Canterbury, we value our freshwater for drinking, recreation, cultural use and farming, as well as to provide a healthy aquatic habitat within waterways. By measuring and managing water takes, we can look after these resources in a way that protects the environment while sustaining the local economy.
Under the new Essential Freshwater regulations, if you have consent to take more than five litres of water per second (l/s), you must measure and record how much water you take in each 15-minute period and report this data back to us daily.
Changes to water metering rules
The Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes Amendment Regulations 2020 introduced new rules on how water users need to report back to regional government.
Under our current regional rules, many resource consent holders already submit water use data to us. For some, the new regulations will mean they have to measure and report this data more frequently.
The dates the new rules come into effect vary, based on how much water you are consented to take.
3 September 2022
Rules take effect for consents to take above 20 l/s
3 September 2024
Rules take effect for consents to take 10 l/s up to 20 l/s
3 September 2026
Rules take effect for consents to take 5 l/s up to 10 l/s
Installing a water measuring system
If you have a permit that allows more than 5 l/s to be taken, a separate meter needs to be installed at every point of take. This needs to be installed by an approved supplier. You can find Irrigation New Zealand's list of 'Blue Tick' accredited suppliers on the Irrigation NZ website.
Please contact us to let us know you are installing a water measuring system.
Making sure you comply with the new rules
The easiest way to comply with the new regulations is to fit an electronic data logger and telemetry unit.
If you already have one installed, you will need to ensure it is recording water use at 15-minute intervals, and submitting data daily.
For most irrigators, a water service provider will install and maintain this system, and ensure that data is submitted on your behalf. However, it is the consent holder's responsibility to ensure this happens.
We recommend contacting your water service provider to check if you are compliant with these rules, and if not, ensuring they make the necessary changes.
You can find Irrigation New Zealand's list of 'Blue Tick' accredited suppliers on the Irrigation NZ website.
From 3 September 2022, the following chart applies to all water use consents issued since 2020, and to all water use consents to take 20 litres per second or greater.
|Your situation||What action you need to take|
|I have a water use meter and telemetry, which is recording data every 15 minutes and sending to Environment Canterbury daily.||Congratulations! You’re compliant with the Essential Freshwater rules on the measurement and reporting of water takes.|
|I have a water use meter and telemetry, and I’m recording data at intervals longer than 15 minutes, or not submitting data daily.||You will need to change your recording and reporting frequency. Contact your service provider and ask them to make this change.|
|I have a water use meter and telemetry, but I’m not sure how often it is recording or submitting data.||You may need to change your recording and reporting frequency. Check with your service provider.|
|I have a water meter and I submit data manually.||You will need to install a system that automatically reports data to us. Contact your service provider about your options.|
|I don’t have a meter on my water take, or I am unsure about whether I have a system.||You need to install a meter and telemetry as soon as possible. Contact your service provider about your options.|
Need more help?
Please contact us on 0800 324 636 or via our online form, if you need any specific information about the new Essential Freshwater regulations and the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan rules on water metering.