Strengthened water measurement

Measuring water take is fundamental to improving how we manage this important resource.

Accurate and timely water measurement:

  • helps users improve their water use efficiency and reduce costs
  • enables government to make fair and sustainable decisions about access to water and compliance
  • reassures the community that water is being managed fairly and sustainably.

We are improving how we measure water take by developing strengthened non-urban water measurement policy.

The policy will initially focus on metering and will deliver:

  • improved measurement assurance
  • improved meter accuracy
  • clarity on where a meter is required
  • clarified metering standards.

At a later stage we will also consider the need for and application of alternative measurement methods where meters may not be appropriate.

The meter standards for non-urban water metering will be consistent with Australian standard AS 4747, taking into consideration the costs and benefits in applying the standards.

Working with our stakeholders will be essential as we undertake activities to further develop our policy approach.

Consultations

In 2019, we consulted with the community about our proposals to strengthen non-urban water measurement.

Read about the consultation and the feedback we received.

Projects and timelines

Key projectsTimelines
Comprehensive review of Queensland’s existing non-urban water metering policy and standard Completed February 2019
Statewide risk assessment of water measurement and monitoring activities based on the pressure on the water resource in each catchment Completed February 2019
Develop a new non-urban water measurement policy to, in the first instance, improve the standard and application of metering 2021
Develop an overland flow measurement standard and risk-based overland flow management program to improve the measurement and accounting of take of overland flow 2021
Implement improved measurement of large-take, high-risk water entitlements in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin From 2021
Implement the new metering policy using timeframes that consider water resource pressure and drought implications From 2022

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Last reviewed 23 July 2020

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