Water using products

There are Government Buying Standards for a number of products that have a significant impact on water usage. These are listed, as appropriate, in sections that cover buildings and electrical products. This page brings those products together, and places them in the context of wider Government policy on water.

Why is buying water efficient products important?

We need to ensure we use water more sustainably if water supply is to be ensured as we meet challenges such as climate change and demographic changes. Water usage also has a significant carbon footprint, owing to energy intensive supply and treatment processes, so more efficient water use will also help cut greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, money can be saved by using resources such as water more efficiently.

The Government is committed to reducing water consumption on its estate and buying more water efficient products will help to meet this commitment.

Where can I find GBS for water using products?

Additional information on water efficient products:

WRAP guidance on procurement for water efficiency

In consultation with practitioners, WRAP has developed guidance and model clauses to help clients and developers ask for water-efficient buildings when procuring design, construction and facilities management services. This guidance identifies suggested performance standards for water using products in order to meet standard, efficient and highly efficient practice levels in new build and building refurbishment.

The Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme (Water Technology List)

The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme offers a 100 per cent first-year allowance for investments in listed water efficient plant and machinery. It lets businesses write off 100 per cent of the cost of qualifying plant and machinery against taxable profits in the year of purchase. This can bring significant financial savings and reduce your business’ impact on the environment. The purpose of the scheme is to improve the water efficiency of UK businesses.

The ECA water scheme is managed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and HM Revenue and Customs. The ECA water scheme includes a variety of technologies – such as water efficient taps, toilets, monitoring equipment and industrial cleaning equipment. Eligible products are detailed on the Water Technology List (WTL).

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association’s Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme

The BMA’s labelling scheme allows users to compare listed products – all of which meet the strict standards of the industry for water efficiency. The scheme’s database covers categories such as toilet suites, flushing cisterns, shower controls, electric showers, shower handsets, baths, taps and grey-water products. The BMA have also developed a Water Calculator to assist in the selection of water efficient products to meet the performance standards for water efficiency in new homes required by Building Regulations and the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Page last modified: 8 June, 2011

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