Having this information about a product's water consumption and efficiency means that you can make a more informed purchasing decision when buying products that use water.

What products do the rules apply to?

The New Zealand Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) applies to these new products:

  • washing machines
  • dishwashers
  • lavatories
  • showers
  • taps
  • urinals.

What are the rules?

The above water-using products must have a WELS label, to show how water efficient the product is, either next to the product or at the point of sale. The rules apply to products being sold in store or online.

Read more on the Ministry for the Environment website

Make a complaint

If you think the rules for water efficiency labelling have not been met, you can make a complaint to us.