Registration of water taps in Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme starts today

The Water Supplies Department (WSD) today (September 2) invited applications for registration of water taps in the voluntary Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme.

The voluntary Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS), launched in September 2009, is a water conservation initiative of the HKSAR Government.  Products registered in WELS will incorporate a water efficiency label that states the level of water consumption and efficiency to help consumers choose water efficient products for water conservation.  The water efficiency labels of different colours will show four grades of water efficiency with Grade 1 the most water-efficient.

The scheme is being implemented in phases for different plumbing fixtures and water-consuming appliances.  The first product under the scheme is showers for bathing, for which registration began in September 2009, and water taps are the second product.

The scheme covers water taps of cold and hot water mixing and non-mixing types installed in bathrooms, toilets and kitchens.  Water taps equipped with automatic sensors or closing mechanisms are also included.

All manufacturers, importers and other related parties in the water tap business are encouraged to join the scheme.  They should submit documents with testing certificates issued by recognised laboratories to the WSD showing that their water taps comply with the requirements of the scheme.

Information about the scheme is available at the WSD homepage (  Enquiries about the scheme can be made by post, email, telephone or facsimile to the WSD:

Address : 47/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
E-mail address :
Telephone : 2824 5000
Fax no         : 2824 0578  

Ends/Thursday, September 2, 2010
Issued at HKT 12:10