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Certain licensed water sources will need to be fitted with a water meter to accurately measure water use and ensure the volume used remains within water allocations.

The South Australian Licensed Water Use Metering Policy sets out the rules associated with metering, in accordance with the Natural Resources Management (Financial Provisions) Regulations 2005 and the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

Certain licensed water sources will need to be fitted with a water meter to accurately measure water use and ensure the volume used remains within water allocations.

Measuring water used from licensed sources is an important tool in managing the resource and will help secure a sustainable future for the Western Mount Lofty Ranges water resources.

Licence holders are responsible for installing and maintaining water meters on their property, that comply with the current South Australian licensed water use meter specification.

Flexibility provisions

In limited low risk circumstances, water sources may be granted flexibility from metering. This may mean that a source is exempt from metering or flexibility is given so that water use from multiple sources can be recorded through a single meter.   

Metering flexibility can be either automatic or upon application by the licence holder(s). Further details on metering flexibility can be found in the meter implementation plan for your area:

You can apply for flexibility using the online Meter Notification Form or by contacting your nearest water licensing office. Requests will be assessed on a case by case basis to determine if a meter is required and you will be notifies of the assessment outcome.

It is important to note that in instances where the requirement to meter has been exempt, water usage against the associated allocation will be deemed as full usage and this has implications for carry over and allocation trades/transfers.

Your responsibilities

Before installing new infrastructure, replacing a meter or effecting repairs to existing infrastructure, licence holders are required to advise the Department of any changes to meter details. This can be done by filling out the online Meter Notification Form or by contacting your nearest water licensing office.

The following resources may assist you to meet you metering obligations:

Meter readings 

Where a meter is required, licence holders are required record and submit meter readings to the Department as per a condition of their water licence or water resources works approval. These documents will provide the frequency at which meter readings are to be supplied.

You can submit a meter reading online using the Meter Reading Form or by contacting your nearest water licensing office.

The Department conducts both random and targeted compliance audits to ensure that the meter readings provided are accurate. If you are unsure how to read your meter accurately, please click on the How to read your meter fact sheet or contact your nearest water licensing office for assistance.

Water licensing offices

Please contact your nearest water licensing office if you have any further questions regarding you metering obligations:

Adelaide (08) 8463 6876
Berri (08) 8595 2053
Mount Gambier (08) 8735 1134
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