The Government is planning to introduce mandatory water efficiency labelling across the UK which will label water using products (e.g. taps, showers, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines). This consultation sets out our proposed approach, products covered by the label, label design/ features, label display and standards to support the label. The benefits of labelling for reducing impacts on the natural environment and the environmental, social and economic costs of the proposals are presented.

DEFRA is considering a tiered labelling programme that allows products to be labelled with various rated levels of water consumption, similar to the energy efficiency label.

  • Is a stand alone water label only the most appropriate way to deliver mandatory water efficiency label policy?
  • What display requirements would help to ensure water label visibility to the consumer?
  • Are there any elements for the labelling specification that would benefit consumers?
  • Are there any products not mentioned that would benefit consumers with such labelling?
  • Should energy information on the label (for taps and non-electric showers) be included?
  • What would be the most effective way for energy information to be included in the label?

We are formulating our response to the consultation and would welcome any thoughts you may have on the issues raised. The consultation closes on 25 November 2022. To have your say, please email the compliance team at or to discuss this further please call Melanie Kendall-Reid on 01252 87 87 22.

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