The Unified Water Label Association has welcomed a ministerial statement on reducing water waste, published today, (01July).  The statement outlines the government’s approach to reduce the demand for water in order to fulfil the ambitious requirements of the 25 Year Environment Plan.

The  measures, proposed to create more water efficient homes, include; asking water companies to address leakage on customers own pipes, encouraging  local authorities to adopt the optional minimum building standard of 110 litres per person per day in all new builds, developing a roadmap towards greater water efficiency in new developments and retrofits, exploring revised building regulations and how the development of new technologies can contribute to meeting these standards, and the introduction of a mandatory water efficiency label.

UWLA MD Yvonne Orgill   says, “We welcome this announcement and the importance that the government is now placing on the sustainability message.  We are looking forward to working with the government and taking forward our industry water label, a unique tool, developed by industry experts and used extensively to identify water use of bathroom products.  In the first half of 2021, over 28,000 visitors have used the water calculator and since its development over 10 years ago over 150,000 projects have been calculated.

“The Unified Water Label is tried and tested in the market place.  It is robust and meets all the demands of the environmental bill.  It has been developed by the industry, by working together we have made significant progress, taking on board the challenges and driving forward changes in opinion and habits in consumers.

“If we can continue to work collectively towards a common goal, I am confident that with government support we can make the Unified Water Label a mandatory solution that works for the industry and the consumer.

“Those interested in finding out how they can become involved by supporting the Unified Water Label can find out more here.”

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