Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme's registration of washing machines starts today

The Water Supplies Department (WSD) today (March 31) invited applications for the registration of washing machines under the voluntary Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS).

The WELS, launched in September 2009, is a water conservation initiative by the WSD.  Products registered under WELS will incorporate a water efficiency label that states their level of water consumption and water efficiency to help consumers choose water-efficient products for water conservation.  Water efficiency labels of different colours will show four different grades of water efficiency, with Grade 1 the most water-efficient.

The scheme is being implemented in various phases for different plumbing fixtures and water-consuming appliances.  The first two products registered under the scheme were bathing showers and water taps, for which registration began in September 2009 and September 2010 respectively.  

The scheme has now been extended to cover washing machines designed for household use with a washing capacity not exceeding 10 kg. Washing machines with larger capacity or for industrial use or without spin extraction capability or using non-electric energy sources are excluded.  

All manufacturers, importers and other related parties in the washing machines business are encouraged to join the scheme. To participate in the scheme, the washing machines should be registered under either the Mandatory or the Voluntary Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme (EELS) for Washing Machines launched by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department.   

Information about the scheme is available on the WSD homepage (www.wsd.gov.hk).  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 : wsdinfo@wsd.gov.hk
Telephone : 2824 5000
Fax no : 2824 0578  

Ends/Thursday, March 31, 2011
Issued at HKT 14:45