WELS stands for Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme. The water efficiency labelling scheme began in Australia in 2006 and has a range of products for water efficiency to save water and money.
Water Efficient Showers & Taps
A standard showerhead uses about 15 to 25 litres per minute. That’s at least 120L of water per average 4-8 minute shower. A water flow efficient model uses less than 72L, 40% less water. That would save you about 14,500 litres per household per year.
A typical tap discharges 15 to 18 litres per minute. Fitting flow restrictors or water efficient aerators to your taps can save up to 50% of water on your kitchen, bathroom and laundry taps.
Dual Flush Water Efficient Toilet Installation
Toilets are notorious for their hidden and silent water waste. they are commonly one of the biggest sources of water loss. A small invisible toilet leak of two tablespoons per minute turns into 40 litres per day, 280 litres per week or 15,000 litres per year.
9 or 12 litre flush cisterns are outdated. A 4.5 litre full flush / 3 litre half flush system (dual flush system) will save you around 30,000 to 40,000 litres per year.
Rental Properties and Water Rates
In Queensland the tenant can be made responsible for water consumption at the property they’re renting. There are a number of guidelines around this however, such as:
- The property must be individually metered
- The rental property must be “water efficient”
- The tenance agreement must state that the tenant needs to pay for water consumption
For the property to be deemed “water efficient” the lessor/agent must be able to demonstrate the presence of water efficient devices, such as providing copies of:
- plumbing reports
- warranties or instruction manuals for taps and showerheads, etc.
If you are an investment property owner, Wyatts Plumbing Services can install the necessary devices to make your property water efficient. In many instances, the actual fittings do not need to be replaced and we can simply install water flow restricting attachments.