Water efficiency labelling – Proposal for new international standard

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Standards Australia has submitted a proposal for a new international standard on water efficiency labelling with the help of New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and China.

  • The proposed new international standard aims to further reduce domestic water wastage, support the Australian government’s Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme and make it easier for more countries to benefit from using water efficient products.
  • Standards Australia’s submission has been registered with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO will now consider and assess the proposal before starting work.

The proposal follows Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand’s development of the joint Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 6400:2016 Water efficient products – Rating and labelling. AS/NZS 6400:2016 helps consumers identify which products are ‘best-of-breed’ when it comes to water usage and contributes to a more water efficient Australia and New Zealand. Read more

Using water wisely

The proposed new international standard on water efficiency labelling would:

  • help manufacturers of specified products to participate in a common market, enabling competition and encouraging best practice
  • empower consumers to use water more wisely
  • benefit both consumers and business in reducing water wastage globally and reducing manufacturing costs
  • help other countries implement water efficiency schemes that can save water and reduce the need for costly water infrastructure.

The proposed standard relates to the following range of products:

  • showers
  • tap equipment
  • flow controllers
  • lavatory equipment
  • urinal equipment
  • dishwashers
  • clothes washing machines
  • the dryer function of combination washer/dryers, where they use water to dry a load

For more information on Australia’s water efficiency labelling scheme, visit: www.waterrating.gov.au

This article was first published in a Standards Australia media release on 6 December 2017: Read more

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