Water Meters

Reading your meter

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Young Shire Council reads water meters once a quarter so we can calculate the water usage charge on your bill.

You can track your water usage by regularly reading and recording your water usage using the meter reading/recording fact sheet.

Water meter access

It is important that your meter is unobstructed and can be safely and easily accessed by our meter readers. You can make this easy for us by:

  • Clearing overgrown plants/debris
  • Clearing excess sand and mulch
  • Applying for a meter relocation (form available from the Council Forms page)

If there is a dog on your property or we are unable to access your meter due to locked gates our meter readers will not be able to read the meter and your water use will be estimated.

Water meters should be clear 30cm around every side, and have at least 120cm of open air above.

If our meter reader is not able to access your meter, we will leave a card asking you to call us and make other arrangements to obtain your meter reading.

Damaged/Faulty Meter
If you are concerned your water meter is damaged or faulty please contact council who will check and test your water meter.

A fee of $65.00 will be required for a meter reread. If the meter is found to be faulty the fee will be refunded. If your water meter is leaking please call Council on 02 6380 1200 or Council’s out of hours emergency contact 0419 275 991.

Move or disconnect a meter
Water meter disconnection, installation or movement is only to be performed by Young Shire Council staff. Customers can provide preference as to location of the meter however it will be installed in the location most advantageous to Council. Download the form below and submit to Council for a quotation.

Water Supply Application Water Supply Application (17 KB)

Request a new meter
For installation of a meter on vacant land or an existing house download and complete the form below.

Water Supply Application Water Supply Application (17 KB)

All Young Shire Council policies related to the Water Meters can be found on the policy register here.

Young Shire Council Water Supply
Council sources its water supply for Young township through bulk water purchases from Goldenfields Water County Council (GWCC). Young Shire Council provides water to approximately 7500 people. GWCC supplies water to Young via the Jugiong system, which also provides bulk water supply to Cootamundra and Harden. A simple schematic showing the Young water supply system is shown below.


The Jugiong system extracts water from the Murrumbidgee River and treats it at the Jugiong water treatment plant (WTP) before transferring it to its consumers. The Jugiong WTP has a capacity of 40 ML/day and consists of settlement, filtration, chlorination and fluoridation processes.

Treated water is pumped from the WTP to the Young terminal storage reservoir located on Back Creek Road. Water then gravitates through Young Shire Council’s reticulation main system. The Young reticulation system contains approximately 145 km of mains, three pumping stations and two service reservoirs, including an additional chlorination system to maintain the required residual disinfection.

The villages of Bendick Murrell, Koorawatha and Wirrimah receive their water supply from Cowra Shire Council.

Water for Health
Young Shire Council recognises that water is a vital aspect of dialysis. A dialysis machine is a life support machine for people who have suffered kidney failure. During the procedure, water is used to prepare dialysate and to clean and reprocess machines.

If you are required to have a registered dialysis machine at home please contact council prior to installation. A copy of Council’s Dialysis machine policy can be found on the policies page.

Pensioner Rebates
Eligible pensioners may obtain a rebate on water charges. All pensioners who meet the required criteria and have the appropriate pensioner identification are eligible for a rebate. Pensioner rebates may only be claimed for one property and the pensioner must be the property owner.

Please contact Council’s rates staff on 6380 1200 for further information or to apply for a rebate.

Water Filling Station
Council maintains one water filling station for dispensing of potable water for personal use. This is located at Council’s depot in Glensloy St. This filling station is coin operated using $1 coins. A hose has been provided for customers’ convenience.

Council also maintains a coin operated truckwash located at the saleyards. This is not considered a potable water filling point by Council and should only be used for washing vehicles in the area provided.

Water Carters
The Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2012 require drinking water suppliers to be registered and undergo regular sanitary inspections by Council. For further information contact council’s Planning & Environment section on 0263801203 or visit www.health.nsw.gov.au

Water Conservation
Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth however Australians are the greatest consumers of water per person in the world. Only 2.5% of water is consumable, with one third frozen in the form of glaciers and polar ice the water left for human use is roughly 1% of the total water present.

Water consumption stats:

  •  29% of all the water consumed in homes is flushed out in the form of showers and hot baths.
  • 1 quarter of all clean water is flushed in toilets.
  • 5,500 litres of water is wasted from dripping taps a year.
  • Dishwashers and washing machines use about 15% of the total water used per year.
  • 25% of water is used outdoors in car washing, watering plants and other related activities.
  • 1000 litres of water is wasted by sprinklers in gardens per hour.
  • 19% of water is consumed in food preparation and other related tasks.

Water conservation tips
Council encourages water conservation. Some tips to conserve water in the backyard include:

  • Water only during the cooler part of the day
  • Avoid watering hard surfaces 
  • Use a timer to prevent over watering
  • Use a trigger grip type hose nozzle

To save water in the home

  • Install water efficient devices and look for appliances with high water efficiency ratings
  • Turn off the tap whiles you are brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Reduce the amount of time in the shower 3-4 minutes is advised
  • If you can, install a rainwater tank

Water Restrictions
During drought periods where the supply of water is reduced Council will implement water restrictions. Triggers for the implementation of restrictions are detailed within Council’s Water Restrictions policy.

Whilst restrictions will only be applied during drought conditions Young Shire Council encourages all of its consumers to be waterwise all year round. Council encourages the use of permanent water conservation measures, such as those provided in the tips above, to assist in maintaining the long term security of our water supply.