At Methven, our commitment to safeguard the Earth’s resources is a key design driver. These results can be seen in technologies such as Satinjet, Twin- Lever tapware and Ceramic Cartridges which can help conserve energy and reduce water usage.
The government initiated Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) is designed to help New Zealanders make informed choices about the water efficiency of products and encourages water conservation. WELS came into effect in New Zealand in April 2011 and will become mandatory by April 2013. The introduction of WELS will mean that new labelling will soon appear on appliances and products that use water in the home, including: washing machines,
dishwashers, toilets, urinals, showers and taps.
This rating system will help you:
• Choose products that use less water but still offer quality and performance.
• Determine how water efficient a product is compared to others in the same class.
• Make informed choices to help use a vital natural resource wisely.
• Encourage manufacturers to design and make water efficient products.
In addition to feeling good about conserving water, making well informed product choices can reduce energy bills (on products that use heated water) and reduce water utility costs (in areas where water is charged separately to rates), by choosing products that use less water but are still functional.
Products covered by WELS:
1. Showers (applies to all shower outlets used primarily for personal bathing)
3. Clothes washing machines
4. Lavatory equipment
5. Urinal equipment
6. Tapware (applies to any tap or tap outlet over a basin, ablution trough, kitchen sink or laundry tub)
Products not covered by WELS:
1. Bath taps, fillers and spouts - no matter the flow rate, a specific volume will be drawn
2. Shower mixers - no outlet
3. Washing machine, cistern and hose taps
If you would like to find out more about WELS, visit www.waterefficiency.govt.nz
WELS regulations require all showerware and tapware manufactured or imported after 1 April 2011 to be labelled appropriately. All products manufactured prior to this date must be labelled appropriately by 1 April 2013. During this period, some products available may not be labelled or match the rating specified in this publication.