The Water Measuring and Reporting National Regulations were introduced under section 360 of the Resource Management Act.
The regulations came into effect automatically without the need for a consent review process.
They affect all existing and future water-take consent holders with takes of five litres per second or more.
Existing consent holders have between one and five years to comply depending on the size of their take.
People granted consents from November 10, 2010 will need to comply straight away.
An initial overview of the regulations is available from:
Environment Canterbury has a programme to provide guidance and set standards for the water measuring industry. This programme started in 2009 in the Rakaia-Selwyn area and was expanded to the whole of Canterbury in 2010.
A total of 42 companies have been approved - as part of the Environment Canterbury programme - to provide water measurement services in one of three categories: the supply of technology; installation services; or the supply of data hosting and compliance reporting services.
Detailed information for consent holders on how to choose and install a water measuring system is set out in the Water Measuring Services and Water meter suppliers and service providers sections of this website.
A National Water Measurement and Reporting Quality Assurance Programme has been introduced by Irrigation New Zealand to align with the National Regulations. This programme is overseen by an independent Water Measurement Panel. A further four companies have been added to the approved list for Canterbury.
Companies which have been approved under the Environment Canterbury programme will be granted approval under the national Water Measurement and Reporting Quality Assurance Programme.
For additional background information follow the links on the right-hand side of this page or visit the following websites:
Overview of Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulations 2010 (pdf 190 kb)
Legislation: Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulations 2010
MfE: Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulations 2010
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