Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulations 2010

The Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulations 2010 came into effect on 10 November 2010.

The Regulations have been made to improve the management of water resources by improving the way that water takes are measured. The Regulations have set minimum requirements for the installation and operation of new water measuring and recording devices and for the transfer of data to regional councils. There are obligations on consent holders to install and operate water measuring devices. 

The Regulations apply to all water takes that require a resource consent enabling the taking of water at a rate of up to five litres per second or more. They are designed to help resource managers understand how the water resource is being used. This will enable resource managers to improve water use efficiency, and it is also critical to gaining an understanding of how the resource is responding to extractions that are actually occurring. The regulations came into force on 10 November 2010, but for existing water permits compliance with the requirements is introduced at differing times over the following six years dependent on differing rates of abstraction.

The Regulations do not prevent regional councils from imposing more stringent requirements, including measurement requirements for takes not covered by the regulations such as those less than 5 litres/second.

Last updated at 1:51PM on February 25, 2015