The primary aim of water metering is to receive accurate and timely information about water usage so we can effectively manage the District’s valuable and limited water resource.
Water consents have an allocation for water use and the data allows Council to monitor compliance.
The ongoing monitoring and requirement for water meter returns of these consents helps ensure these allocations are being adhered to.
If you have a resource consent to take water, you must send water meter readings on a weekly basis.
It is important that you:
The sustainability of the water resource both now and in the future is the responsibility of the community as a whole.
Accurate and timely water use data is an essential tool in water management. The information from water meter readings is used for:
The greatest compliance issue faced each summer season is late or missing readings. Council policy in the absence of a return or when a return is late is that staff may visit and read your meter. The costs will be recovered from the consent holder.
General water meter audits are undertaken by Council staff members every summer season. These are known as ‘anytime, anywhere’ water meter audits and they involve a Council staff member visiting your property to view the water meter.
Taking more water than what is allowed under your resource consent is an offence under the Resource Management Act and carries stiff penalties. Any non-compliance will be enforced appropriately in line with Council’s Enforcement Policy.
Irrigation New Zealand is promoting industry accreditation for the installation and verification of water meters.
The industry accreditation programme provides guidelines, training and an accredited status for quality service providers.