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Water Metering

Submit your water use readings online

If you have a resource consent to take water, you may be required to submit your water take data monthly, quarterly or annually (check your resource consent conditions to see which applies to you).

You can submit your water take readings online using the Water Use Data Management System (WUDMS). You will be able to access your system using your debtor number as the customer number.  You will be able to enter your water use data and view graphs of your water use online.

WUDMS information sheet

Find out more and for instructions on how to use the system. Read the WUDMS information sheet (pdf, 198KB).

Some Frequently Asked Questions are also available if you have any issues with the service.

 

If you have a data logger on your pump, you can arrange for your data to be sent to Council automatically (contact us to find out how). You can also continue to email, fax or post in your paper record sheets.

Contact us here for your customer (debtor) number (allow at least 3 working days for us to get back to you) or if required more urgently phone 0800 884 880.

Water metering

Accurate water information is essential for effective water management within our region. National Regulations on the measuring and reporting of water takes were introduced under section 360 of the Resource Management Act in November 2010.

Holders of Consents granted after 10 November 2010 will need to comply with the new regulations immediately. Existing water take consent holders have two to six years to comply depending on how much water they take, which is outlined in the table below. 

Water Consent Date for compliance with regulations

All consents granted 10 November 2010 or later (includes new or 'replacement' consent)

From the day that water is first taken under the resource consent.
20L/s or more from 10 November 2012.
10L/s or more but less than 20L/s from 10 November 2014.
5L/s or more but less than 10L/s from 10 November 2016.
Less than 5L/s Not required to comply

Further information

Contact our Resource Consent team if you would like to know what changes are involved for you.

The right meter for the job

A water meter allows you to accurately measure the rate and the quantity of water being taken under the conditions of your consent. It is also a valuable tool in helping you to understand your water use and improving pasture or orchard efficiency.

There are many water meters on the market, so choosing and correctly installing the right meter for your situation is essential.

Meters need to have an accuracy of +/- 5 percent be sealed and tamper proof and be suited to the quality of the water it is measuring. They also need to be able to provide data in a form suitable for electronic storage.

You will also need to consider what the flow range will be, meter power requirements, access, maintenance requirements and cost.
This table is designed as a basic guide to water meter selection. Contact your supplier for more information. Always ensure you choose a meter that complies with the conditions of your consent.  

Specifications Electromagnetic Flowmeter Ultrasonic meters Mechanical flow meters
Accuracy +/- 0.15% - 2% Better than +/- 2% +/- 2-5%
Reliability Very high High Medium
Average lifespan 20 years 15 years 4 years
Power requirement Yes or solar/battery Yes or solar/battery No
Suitable for surface water (silt, weed) Yes Yes No
Cost Medium Low Low

Meter installations and verification

Your meter needs to be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications so that it reads as accurately as possible.

Ideally the meter will be installed with a sufficient straight length of pipe between gate valves, elbows etc and the meter. This ensures there is no turbulence in the water passing through the meter. This may require a pipe length of 10 times the pipe diameter before the meter and five times the pipe diameter after the meter - but check the requirements of your meter first.

An incorrect installation might look like this:

Water meter incorrect installation

A correct installation might look like this:

Water meter correct installation

Read through your consent conditions for specific requirements.

The installed meter also needs to be verified by someone who is qualified in the Council's opinion to perform this work. 

The Irrigation NZ website provides information on 'Blue Tick' approved installed water meter verifiers.

Use the Water Meter Verification Template (101.9KB, pdf).