What is a WELS Rating? Understanding the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme

Water conservation is crucial in our efforts to protect the environment and ensure the sustainable use of this valuable resource. One way New Zealand industry promotes water saving is through the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS). 

What is WELS?

The Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme, commonly known as WELS, is a programme designed to encourage the use of water-efficient products. It was introduced as a collaborative effort between the NZ government, industry stakeholders, and consumers. By providing a standardised rating system, WELS empowers you to make informed choices about water-efficient products.

Benefits of WELS products 

WELS offers several benefits, both to the environment, and to you. First, it contributes to water conservation, reducing strain on water supplies and preserving ecosystems. Second, using water-efficient products can result in significant cost savings by reducing your water bill. Plus, WELS ensures that products meet certain quality standards, giving you peace of mind that your purchase will work smoothly and stand the test of time.

Which products have WELS ratings?

WELS uses a rating system and labels to show the water efficiency of various products. It covers a wide range of products, including taps, showers, and toilets. Each type of product has its own set of criteria for determining star ratings, such as flow rate, pressure, and overall water usage. This ensures that the rating accurately reflects the water efficiency of products within their own categories. 

How the WELS Rating System works

The star rating is displayed on WELS labels, typically ranging from one to six stars. A higher star rating indicates greater water efficiency, meaning the product uses less water without compromising performance. So when you’re trying to choose between similar products, the star rating system allows you to quickly identify and compare their water efficiency.

How to choose products with the right WELS rating for you

When it comes to selecting products, considering the WELS rating can guide you towards making water-efficient choices. Understanding the WELS rating system and labels enables you to compare different products and identify those that offer optimal water efficiency. Look for products with higher WELS ratings, as they indicate greater water savings. For example, when purchasing taps, showers, or toilets, opt for those with higher WELS ratings, as they are designed to minimise water consumption without compromising performance. By choosing products with better WELS ratings, you contribute to water conservation efforts while enjoying the benefits of reduced water usage and cost savings. It's a simple yet impactful way to make a difference in preserving our precious water resources.

Need more help choosing the right products?

Visit one of our showrooms today to explore a wide range of Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) rated products and discover how they can transform your daily water usage. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through the showroom, highlighting the various WELS rated options available, from taps and showers to toilets and more. We'll help you understand the significance of WELS ratings, answer any questions you may have, and assist you in selecting products that align with your goals for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Together, we can conserve water one product at a time.



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