Hundreds of Otago farmers could be in trouble for not installing water meters before the Government’s November deadline.
Water management laws introduced in 2010 require farms to keep daily records of consented water intakes from November this year.
The Otago Regional Council estimates only 600 of the 1600 farms that qualify have installed water meters.
Council regional services director Jeff Donaldson says it will be a struggle to get the rest up to standard.
He says the price is proving a deterrent, with some farms needing more than one $7000 meter.