The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme is undergoing a mandatory review to assess the scheme's appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency.
The WELS review opened today for public submissions.
The review of the WELS scheme will ensure its ongoing success in providing consumers with useful information, promoting water use efficiency and conservation by ensuring that consumers are properly informed on the efficiency of designated water-using products offered for supply.
The scheme is an important national program managed by the Australian Government in partnership with all states and territories and supports the climate change adaptation challenge on preparing Australia for a future with less water.
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, has appointed Dr Chris Guest, an independent consultant, to lead the review. Dr Guest brings a wealth of experience on water related matters at a national and state level, including in the areas of Murray-Darling Basin management, the NSW Water Management Act, water sharing plans and groundwater irrigation.
Submissions will be accepted over a four week period from 8 April to 7 May 2010.
Products currently covered by the WELS scheme are washing machines, dishwashers, showers, taps, toilets and urinals. The scheme also provides for voluntary registration and labelling of flow controllers, as well as mandatory minimum water efficiency standards for toilets.
Further information on the WELS scheme review including the terms of reference, a discussion paper and how to make a submission can be found at: <a< div="">