Buying a new bathroom? Check for water saving labels

When shopping for a new bathroom, people will soon be able to look for labels which show the water efficiency of fittings such as taps and showers. That’s under a […]

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By Vicky Ellis

When shopping for a new bathroom, people will soon be able to look for labels which show the water efficiency of fittings such as taps and showers.

That’s under a new voluntary scheme from DIY retailers, builders’ merchants and manufacturers which kicks in next summer.

While some products already use a Water Label – similar to the Energy Efficiency Label found on fridges and freezers – this scheme will see the label put on all bathroom fittings on sale in stores and online. It should make it easier for buyers to compare the efficiency of products easily.

Retailers including B&Q, Jewson, Travis Perkins and Homebase’s owner the Home Retail Group were among the organisations who decided on the move in a working group brought together by government waste body WRAP.

Steve Lee, Bathroom Manufacturers Association President said: “Water is one of our most precious yet most undervalued resources and we all have a responsibility to preserve it for the sake of future generations.”

Environment Minister Richard Benyon added: “We all have a responsibility to use water wisely so this scheme is great news. Customers will be able to choose bathroom products based on their water efficiency rating, which may help them to save money on water bills and protect this valuable resource for future generations.”