Global Water Efficiency Requirements
Water efficiency is fast becoming a key policy issue and refers to the conservation of essential water resources, and achieving less water use in tandem with sustained appliance performance.
Understanding Global Water Efficiency Standards
While securing supply is a mainstay of the water efficiency objective, water use also results in the emission of carbon, constituting an environmental threat. Water efficiency regulations commonly include requirements for marking/labeling, registration, permits/licenses/approvals, providing product information, and payment of taxes, fees, and duties.
Water Efficiency Standards for Household Appliances
Regulations are emerging to address the technological performance of household devices with regard to water and the implementation of voluntary labeling schemes for water-using electrical appliances.
International Water Efficiency Product Labelling
In some regions, mandatory water efficiency labeling programs, such as the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) in Singapore, have now been instituted for certain home appliances.
The Risks of Non-Compliance
- Product recall.
- Civil penalty, in the form of a fine which varies across the jurisdictions, and in a small number of jurisdictions imprisonment.
- In regard water fittings specifically, there is a risk of contamination of water and contamination or damage to the water fitting.
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