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Builders Obligations Under Water Efficiency Labelling/Standards (WELS)

May 02, 2019

Products regulated under the WELS Scheme must be registered and labelled with water use information at the point of sale or supply.

Products regulated by the WELS scheme include-:  

  • showers
  • taps (excluding over a bath)
  • flow controllers
  • toilets and urinals
  • dishwashers
  • clothes washing machines

If you are a builder or developer and you supply regulated products as part of new buildings or units, you have legal obligations under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005 (WELS Act). You are responsible for making sure regulated products are registered and labelled with their water rating information before you-:

  • include them as a fixture or fitting in a new building or unit offered for sale;
  • include product sales as part of tendering or quoting in building, construction, refurbishment or renovation projects;
  • sell products as part of installation or repair work.

If you do not comply with your obligations, penalties can be imposed. Penalties of up to $12,600 for an individual or $63,000 for a corporation can apply for each unregistered, unlabelled or incorrectly labelled product.

South Australian Builders are reporting that these requirements are now being enforced.

Download the Water Efficiency Labels Information Sheet