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New law will require household appliances to have water efficiency labels as UK faces drought

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New law will require appliances to be stamped with water efficiency labels as part of fast-track plans as UK faces drought

  • New showers, washing machines and dishwashers will have a water usage label
  • It is hoped to encourage Britons to buy more water-efficient products to reduce waste
  • Water Minister Steve Double said he wants to inform consumers

Home appliances will be stamped with mandatory energy efficiency labels under sweeping proposals due to be announced this week.

Ministers are seeking to introduce legislation to ensure all new showers, washing machines and dishwashers clearly label how much water they use.

It is hoped they will encourage the purchase of more water-efficient products and help Britain meet its target of reducing personal consumption to 110 liters per person per day by 2050. Currently, a average person uses about 142 liters.

Ministers are seeking to introduce legislation to ensure all new showers, washing machines and dishwashers clearly state how much water they use

Minister of Water Steve Double

Minister of Water Steve Double

The plans were first hinted at last year in the government’s 25-year environment plan, but are now being accelerated due to drought.

Last night Water Minister Steve Double said: ‘This Government will continue to do everything in its power to support households across the country and help ease the pressure on consumers.

“We want to help provide people with the right information so they can save water and lower their energy bills.”

Energy efficiency labels are already displayed on new appliances and the water labeling system will be similar. The hope is that the initiative could, by 2050, see Britons use 1.2 billion liters less water, the equivalent of 480 Olympic swimming pools.

According to research commissioned by non-profit organization Waterwise, labels can also reduce carbon emissions, saving customers up to £150million on their energy bills over the next decade. .

A similar environmental scheme has been running in Australia for 16 years, saving each person an average of £25 a year.

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