Water Management (General) Regulation 2018
Subdivision 3 Meters
130 Measurement of water supply
(1) The supply of water from a water main to any land is to be measured by means of a meter provided by, or in some other manner approved by, the relevant water supply authority.(2) In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the quantity of water supplied from a water supply system is taken to be the quantity registered by such a meter.
131 Property in meters
Any meter or plumbing fitting provided by a water supply authority, and connected to or forming part of a water supply service pipe, remains the property of the water supply authority.
132 Access to meters
If a meter for any land is so installed or located that it cannot be conveniently read or examined, the owner of the land—(a) must cause the meter to be re-positioned, orin accordance with the directions of the relevant water supply authority.(b) must take such other action as is necessary to enable the meter to be conveniently read or examined,Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
133 Care of meters
(1) An occupier of land, or an owner of unoccupied land, must keep protected from damage any meter and meter fittings that are connected to or form part of a water supply service pipe for the land.Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.(2) An occupier of land, or an owner of unoccupied land, is liable to a water supply authority for the cost of repairing any damage caused to a meter by a failure to comply with subclause (1).
134 Discontinuance of use of meters
An occupier of land, or an owner of unoccupied land, who intends to discontinue the use of a meter provided by a water supply authority must give it at least 14 days written notice of that fact.Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
135 Testing of meters
(1) An owner or an occupier of land for which a meter has been installed may apply to the relevant water supply authority to have the meter tested.(2) An application to have a meter tested must be in a form approved by the water supply authority.(3) If, on being tested, a meter registers less than 3% above the quantity of water passed through it, the person who required the test must pay such fee as the water supply authority determines for the expenses of the test.(4) If, on being tested, a meter registers 3% or more above the quantity of water passed through it—(a) an adjustment proportionate to the percentage of error is to be made in the reading objected to and in any further reading up to the time of removal of the meter, and(b) the water supply authority is to bear the expenses of the test.(5) No adjustment is to be made if a meter registers within 3% of the quantity of water passed through it.(6) If, at any reading, a meter is registering inaccurately or has ceased to register, the water supply authority is entitled to adjust the charge for water supplied during the period to which the reading relates on the basis of a daily consumption equal to the average daily consumption during a corresponding previous period.(7) If there was no reading for a corresponding previous period, or if the water supply authority is of the opinion that an adjustment on the basis of such a period would not be reasonable, it may assess the quantity of water used or may adjust the charge on such other basis as may be mutually agreed on between it and the consumer.
136 Installation of meters
(1) A water supply authority may install, and may charge hire for—(a) meters for measuring the quantity of water supplied, and(b) pipes and apparatus for the conveyance, reception and storage of water.(2) Alternatively, a water supply authority may require a person requiring a supply of water—(a) to install the appropriate meters, pipes or apparatus in accordance with its requirements, and(b) to maintain them in good working order.(3) A meter that is installed for measuring the quantity of water supplied to land is to be installed on the water supply service pipe for the land, at a point that, in the opinion of the water supply authority, is as near as practical to the boundary of the land.