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Telemetry

The requirement for water use metering is governed by the  Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulations 2010, Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) policies and  good practice.  Most resource consents to take water in the Bay of Plenty require a flow meter to be installed and verified and that daily water use data be submitted electronically. To meet this requirement for consented water takes, telemetry needs to be installed.

What is telemetry? 

For water takes, telemetry equipment is used to automatically record and transmit the water use data from the water meter to an IT system in a different location for monitoring and analysis. Most consent holders will use a service provider to collect this data on their behalf. There are a number of different service providers who offer this (including Harvest, Ricado,  Halo and Levno) so you are able to choose the one that best suits your needs.

There are several benefits to using telemetry for both the consent holder and BOPRC including being able to monitor water use while being physically removed from the location. It also saves time by eliminating manual data collection and can improve the accuracy of the water use records.

Most service providers, as well as submitting the water use data to BOPRC on behalf of the consent holder, will have an internet interface where the consent holder can view their “real-time” data.  Service provider systems may also have the capability to send texts or emails to alert you when something is outside normal parameters – such as flow rate or volume. These alerts help to ensure that you identify any issues as soon as possible and reduce the chance of breaching consent conditions.

In addition to water use, telemetry can be used for monitoring other aspects including soil moisture, weather and water storage level. Alerts are often set up for these functions too.  Monitoring other aspects can assist with decision making related to your water take including when to irrigate, activate frost protection or pump water to storage. This can result in a more efficient use of water.

For further information about installing telemetry, it is suggested that you talk to your water meter provider as they will best know the compatibility with your meter.

 

Sue Clark

Environmental Consultant