2022 will be a crucial year for water efficiency in the bathroom

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By Yvonne Orgill, MD at the Unified Water Label 

UWLA MD, Yvonne Orgill explains why 2022 will be a key year for the Unified Water Label and how installers can make a difference.

2022 will be a key year for the Unified Water Label as the government begins a consultation process for the introduction of a mandatory water label. The mandatory label is a government initiative to help achieve clean and plentiful water, and reach net zero emissions by 2050, as part of the 25-Year Environment Plan.

The UWLA began pre-consultation discussions with DEFRA and BEIS last year, and is calling on the industry to put water efficiency at the top of their agenda in 2022, and support the Unified Water Label, or risk restrictive legislation from the government via a mandatory label.

This is good news for installers, as well as the environment, as the Unified Water Label is already established in the KBB market place, offering installers the opportunity to advise consumers on performance aspects, compatibility issues and helping consumers make the right choices for their water systems and lifestyle.

With the support of the industry we can continue to work collectively towards a common goal, and with government support we can make the Unified Water Label the mandatory solution that works for the industry and the consumer. If the Unified Water Label is not adopted by the government and they choose to develop an alternative label, this could come with minimum standards, which would bring significant challenges.

The UWLA is lobbying government to help them understand the benefits of the Unified Water Label and we have a wealth of material for members and installers that is easy to use and access for free, from the website. It includes a range of tools, flyers, posters, social media posts and videos, all reinforcing our message that water matters, and tips and advice on how to save water in the home.

We all have a role to play to save the planet however small, 2022 will be crucial as we all work together to collectively make this change happen. We hope that installers will continue to work with us, using their unique position to take up this challenge with us, to influence and educate consumers on the options available, and promote products that are UWL registered.

Those interested in finding out how they can become involved by supporting the Unified Water Label can find out more by visiting the Unified Water Label website.

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