Australia leads ISO committee for new water efficiency standard

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This article is summarised from a Standards Australia media release, 13 March 2018.

Australia has been successful in securing international support to establish a new International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) project committee on water efficiency. The new Australian-led committee will facilitate the development of a new ISO standard on water efficiency labelling, using as a base the joint Australian and New Zealand standard AS/NZS 6400 Water efficient products – Rating and labelling.

This work is part of an international effort to help consumers choose water-efficient whitegoods and plumbing fixtures, and to enable manufacturers to compete on a global scale.

The Water Efficiency and Labelling Standards Regulator in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (in Australia), Mr Paul Morris, said Australia’s progress on water efficiency labelling is leading the world. ‘The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme (WELS) has been very effective at conserving water in Australia and is highly regarded internationally.’

Work will continue in coming months to establish the committee and make progress internationally towards an ISO standard on water efficient products.

Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia says, ‘This will allow Australia to maximise the opportunity to promote greater water efficiency standards across the world by leading the international committee responsible for the work.’

Read the full media release (Standards Australia news)

Published in environment.