The NSW Government has been developing a new metering policy to ensure that water take is accurately metered in response to the recent inquiries and as per the reform action plan. This includes determining who needs to have meters and the standard those meters need to meet.
Aither has been advising the government on these issues, including policy options to strike an appropriate balance between the costs and coverage of water meters. This has involved applying data analytics to understand the current baseline of water metering across NSW and integrated economic and engineering modelling to estimate the implications of different policy options.
After extensive community consultation, the policy was released yesterday by the Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair (see quote). The new metering policy is an important step towards restoring confidence to water users and the broader community.