Summary of National regulation requirement

The information provided here is a very simple overview – please visit the Ministry for the Environment’s website for full details.

The National Regulations of Water Use Measurement and Reporting (2010) (the regulations) came into force in late 2010.

The requirements of the regulations are a minimum requirement and do not override your requirement to comply with your existing resource consent conditions.

If your resource consent was granted by Horizons since November 2010, your compliance with your resource consent conditions should ensure your automatic compliance with the regulations.

If your consent is older than this, Horizons will be in touch with you prior to the regulation compliance date that applies to your consent to help you ensure that you are able to comply.

Who the regulations apply to

The regulations apply to holders of water permits (resource consents) which allow fresh water to be taken at a rate of 5 litres/second or more.

The regulations will be monitored and enforced by regional councils.

please visit the Ministry for the Environment’s website for full details

When the regulations take effect

The date by which consent holders must comply with the regulations depends on the rate at which water is taken and when the consent was granted.

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Basic requirements in brief

In summary, if you take more than 5 L/s from a freshwater resource, the regulations require you to:

  • measure your water use (install an accurate water meter)
  • read your meter and record that reading daily
  • report your daily meter readings to the regional council (Horizons) in July each year
  • ensure the ongoing accuracy of your water meter by having it checked and verified upon installation and then every 5 years after that.

please visit the Ministry for the Environment’s website for full details