Water meter testing and calibration

The Australian Irrigation and Hydraulics Technology Facility carries out water meter testing and calibration, with or without adjustment, to Australian and international standards.

Specification and capability

  • NATA accredited as a calibration facility, accreditation number 17135
  • Maximum calibration/test flow rate 510L/s
  • Minimum accredited calibration/test flow rate 18L/h
  • Least measurement of uncertainty 0.07% for gravimetric calibrations between 0.05L/s and 0.7L/s
  • Calibration through gravimetric or comparison methods
  • NMI approval status as a Verifying Authority for initial verification, or re-verification and sealing meters, and NMI approval status as an Approving Authority to Pattern Approve meters.

Legal metrology capabilities 

Verifying Authority

As a verifying Authority the AIHTF is able to test and seal water meters under National Measurement Regulations 1999. 

As an independent Calibration and Testing laboratory the AIHTF is not owned by a Utility Meter manufacturer, or Water Supply organisation. 

Approving Authority

As a Approving Authority the AIHTF is able to Pattern Approve meters under the "National Measurement Regulations 1999". 

As a instrument of trade measurement, water meter models are increasingly being required to have pattern approval. Initialy this was only required for 20mm domestic potable water meters. However now it is extending to larger urban and non-urban meters. 

The AIHTF is capable of initialy verifying meters to both NMI-R49 and NMI-M10, for more information on legal metrology refer to the website of the National Measurement Institute

Further information

For further information on water meter testing and calibration please contact Neill Sanderson.

Areas of study and research

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