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Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme



The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme is Australia’s urban water-saving scheme that specifies and enforces efficiency standards and labels on certain water-using products.

WELS conserves water by working with industry to provide water efficiency information to consumers. Consumers and businesses can compare products to make decisions that reduce household water use and save them money on water and energy bills.

Industry has a legal responsibility to only supply showers, taps, toilets, urinals, flow controllers, washing machines and dishwashers that are WELS registered and labelled. These products must display a water efficiency star rating and information about the volume of water they use at the point of sale—including online or when the products are sold as a fixture in new homes or units.

The world-leading WELS scheme is an industry-government partnership that encourages advances in and adoption of water-saving technologies. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources administers the WELS scheme on behalf of the Australian, state and territory governments and under the direction of the WELS Regulator.

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