The NSW government has implemented a robust non-urban water metering framework to allow for greater understanding of water usage from agriculture in NSW. The government's objective is to improve community confidence, reduce environmental impacts of water usage, and ensure that NSW’s water is used sustainably. Implementation of the Non-urban Water Metering framework started in December 2018, with a stage rollout planned to occur over the next 5 years.
The rollout of the framework is staggered, dependent on location and water pump/bore size. Water users with pumps 500mm or greater that are used to take both licensed water will be required to have an accurate water sensor and Local Intelligence Device (LID) installed by 1 March 2021 regardless of location.
There are an estimated 20,000* of these types of works in NSW to be completed under the framework.
Other water users may be required to become compliant with the framework based on the table below.
Non-urban water users who fit the criteria outlined above will be required to comply with the framework at different dates based on their location.
Further information about the framework rollout see the timelines outlined on the Industry NSW non-urban water metering framework rollout plan
Under the new framework metered non-urban water users will be required to comply with regulations related to the measurement, collection and transfer of water usage telemetry such as
Metered non-urban water users will be required to have an accurate water measuring device, and a Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) approved LID installed at all water collection areas. A LID is a telemetry-capable data logger that can record at minimum hourly water usage data and transmit the collected telemetry to the NSW government at least once every 24 hours. Captis devices are an example of a non-urban water metering framework compliant LID.
Water take data is delivered to WaterNSW through usage of a data acquisition service (DAS). There are strict data, protocol and formatting guidelines that apply to DAS telemetry communications to protect data integrity and quality as documented in the Data Acquisition Service Logged Data Format Guidelines.
To ensure the correct, safe and accurate installation of all hardware, only Duly Qualified People (DQPs) may install LIDs and Water Meters under the framework. DQPs must install LIDs and meters in strict compliance with the NSW Non-Urban Water Metering Policy.
Sigsense has been formed to provide end to end support to DQPs facing the technically difficult task of sourcing, configuring, installing framework-compliant meter and LID, or retrofit an LID to an existing approved meter. We work together with DQPs to help simplify the install process by sourcing compliant LIDs, pre-configuration/testing of compliant LIDs, setup of DAS functionality, and provide after sale support to DQPS (including phone support to on-site DQPs when required). Ultimately, it is our goal for installation of the LID to be plug and play for DQPs.
By working together with SigSense, DQPs have the opportunity to streamline their deployment process of LIDs, making rapid installation and large-scale deployments of smart telemetry devices a reality for DQPs.
SigSense also provides a variety of support, resources and services to make installation as problem free as possible.
Please contact SigSense to discuss becoming a SigSense authorised partner.
To get started please visit our Configure A Captis page for detailed instructions to begin installing Captis devices.
In summary the process to become a SigSense Captis distribution partner consists of: