Water metering is the measurement of water use. With water becoming scarcer across Australia, it is vital that more accurate measurement is used to support management decisions and to assist more efficient water use.
The Intergovernmental Agreement on a National Water Initiative 2004 (NWI) acknowledged the need for accurate and nationally consistent water metering. A National Framework for Non-urban Water Metering has been developed that sets out the foundations for water metering in agricultural situations on a nationally consistent basis.
More accurate measurement in river and groundwater systems around Australia will assist water managers and users identify areas where efficiency can be improved, and minimise water lost through delivery systems. It will also ensure that water purchasers and sellers can be confident about the amount of water being traded.
- Remote reading of irrigation water meters
- Identification of factors that potentially influence uptake of smart metering technology (National Water Commission)
- Resolution of Knowledge Gaps for Irrigation Metering and Installation (National Water Commission)
- Improving In-field Verification of Non-Urban Water Meter Accuracy (National Water Commission)
- Acceleration of National Measurement Institute Water Meter Standards Program (National Water Commission)
- National Framework for Non-urban Water Metering Policy Statement - 2009
- Stocktake of Australia's non-urban water metering systems - 2008
For up-to-date information about the Water for the Future initiative.