Canterbury, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- July 4, 2008 – Environment Canterbury, a New Zealand-based organization that provides environmental management and information in the Canterbury region, has said it will put out a tender to suppliers of water meters to get a better deal for water consent holders. Water meters will soon be a requirement for all consented water takes in the region.

Environment Canterbury chief executive Dr Bryan Jenkins said: “The sooner we have good information on water use in the zone, the better. A comprehensive set of water data will strengthen our ability to make quality decisions for sustainable resource management.”

The meeting also considered different approaches for the installation of meters, leading to a recommendation that ECan establish an approved list of suppliers that individuals could contact.

John Young, ECan’s manager water metering, says: “The real challenge will be the installation and implementation of the metering. I believe the cluster groups can help guide us with this.”

Cluster groups, made up of predominately water consent holders, provide an opportunity for consent holders to have input into the implementation of the Restorative Programme for Lowland Streams, including the use of water management tools such as ‘adaptive management’ in the future.