New water meter conditions come into play
Released 04 Jun 2009
All meters installed and used in Western Australia must now be tested to comply with new Australian Technical Specification 4747 - which will later become an Australian Standard.
The department's Director Water Use Rob Hammond said the new law would ensure the use of accurate meters correctly installed.
"This affects users obligated to use meters as part of their licence terms and conditions to take water," Mr Hammond said today.
The changes came into effect in May when Water Minister Dr Graham Jacobs approved the Rights in Water and Irrigation (Approved Meters) Order 2009 as part of the National Water Initiative reform program. The order replaced a 2003 order.
Mr Hammond said the reform agenda had been developed to ensure all Australian jurisdictions had uniform water resource metering provisions.
"The National Water Initiative (NWI) agreement sets out a strategy for state and territory governments to improve water resource management practices and outcomes across Australia, including the introduction of national water metering standards," Mr Hammond said.
"A key issue in implementing the national standards is the requirement under the National Measurement Act 1960, which states that all meters used for trade are verified to ensure performance within maximum permissible limits of error."
Mr Hammond said the department did not advise on selection of a preferred type, make, model or water meter manufacturer.
"Selection of a water meter is based on a 'fit for purpose' rule, considering the local water, environmental considerations, cost effectiveness, maintenance, and system operating requirements.
"It is recommended that water users consult with an irrigation professional prior to the selection and purchase of a water meter, which must be in accordance with the new RIWI (Approved Meters) Order 2009."
The department can provide users with guidelines for water meter installation as well as fact sheets on how to read various types of meters and functionalities of a magflow meter typically used for these purposes.
For more information contact the department's metering team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6364 6870.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441