WELS and water ratings – what you need to know

In 2005, the Australian Government introduced the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards, or WELS Scheme. This scheme applied a mandatory, nationwide water efficiency and minimum performance standard to all Australian household water-consuming products. Under WELS, any product that consumes water must be examined and tested by a government regulator under standardised conditions within a laboratory to dictate its efficiency. WELS utilises a scale similar to Australian Energy Ratings – a scale from one star to six stars (one being the least efficient, six being the most).

The higher number of stars, the higher the water efficiency. The star rating is a simple way to compare the water efficiency of different products at a quick glance.

What is a WaterMark™ standard tap?
WaterMark™ is a product quality certification mark owned by Standards Australia. It is provided by independent certifying authorities and managed by the Australian Building Codes Board. It is designed to ensure compliance that the product has been assessed for product quality, including health and safety, and warranted that it is fit for purpose. WaterMark™ tapware products have undergone rigorous testing and meet several quality standards and health and safety requirements.

A typical kitchen tap or bathroom mixer is made up of a number of components and many of them also need to have WaterMark™ certification for the product to be certified. The input hoses, any internal hoses and the mixer cartridge all require WaterMark™ certification.

WaterMark™ certification is mandatory in Australia
WaterMark™ certification is mandatory for products to be legally installed in accordance with State and territory plumbing regulations. Products required to be certified are listed in the Plumbing Code of Australia. When purchasing tapware always remember to look for the WaterMark™ logo to ensure the tapware is certified under the WaterMark™ Standard for Australia and New Zealand.

Does Aquaperla tapware have WELS approved star ratings and Watermark certification?

All Aquaperla tapware has a WELS rating and WaterMark™ certification. Many of our products have a WELS rating of 6 – the highest rating – with a water efficiency of 4 litres per minute. Aquaperla tapware products also come with a WELS license number and WaterMark™ logo.


Nation-wide free tapware delivery

Did you know that Aquaperla offers free and fast delivery on tapware? Find out more by contacting our team. We also offer a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty and two-year on-site labour warranty.


Aquaperla: where water meets style

Established in 2012, Aquaperla is an industry-leading supplier of high-quality and affordable bathroom, kitchen and laundry products. Browse online today. You can find us in three convenient locations: Auburn in NSW, Dandenong in Victoria and Glenvale in Queensland.