IAPMO Oceania Pty Ltd is part of The IAPMO Group, an international plumbing industry based association that tests and certifies products and develops codes and standards that protect more than half the world’s population. IAPMO Oceania certifies plumbing and drainage products to use the WaterMark™ symbol.
WaterMark™ is a certification trademark and used in relation to water supply, sewerage, plumbing and drainage goods. The plumbing industry in Australia supports the use of the WaterMark™ which, when used properly, is an excellent way of helping Australian consumers be confident about the quality of the plumbing product to which it is applied. The WaterMark™ is applicable to products manufactured both locally and overseas.
IAPMO Oceania is accredited by JAS-ANZ to conduct assessments leading to product certification and has also been approved to grant WaterMark licences.
The aim of the WaterMark Certification Scheme is to:
IAPMO Oceania has a strong reputation within the global plumbing industry and has a thorough knowledge of the Australian regulatory environment for water and gas sectors. IAPMO R&T’s decades of certification experience and staff commitment ensure that manufacturers and importers have access to a professional certification process in the shortest possible time frame.
Products certified by IAPMO Oceania are required to meet the minimum certification standards, which are set out in detail within the ABCB's Procedures for Certification of Plumbing and Drainage Products. Certified products are required to be manufactured under a quality plan which has been assessed as meeting the IAPMO Oceania WaterMark - “Governance Rules”. In summary, the WaterMark™ can only be used on plumbing and draining products that comply with relevant specifications including:
To apply for a WaterMark™ certification and trademark license you can download IAPMO R&T Oceania’s application from our Website: www.ia�pmooceania.org
Plumbing and Drainage products used in Australia and supplied under the WaterMark Certification Scheme (WMCS) shall bear the WaterMark logo once they have been certified by IAPMO Oceania. Applying the WaterMark logo to the product provides evidence that the product is –
• Manufactured under a nationally recognized certification scheme and certified by a WaterMark Conformity Assessment Body (WMCAB).
• Supplied and warranted by the supplier as complying with the appropriate specification or standard; and
• Easily recognized by the designers, specifiers, regulators, installers, distributors, retailers, and purchasers as being certified.
The WaterMark Scheme ensures the plumbing and drainage materials and products are fit for purpose and that their use in a plumbing or drainage installation is sustainable and does not create significant risks or any likely outcome of:
Once products are certified by IAPMO Oceania, they can be marked with a WaterMark™ certification logo. The Standard Marking applies to the following Australian certification trade mark registrations.
Plumbing and drainage products used in Australia and supplied under the WMCS should bear the WaterMark once they have been certified by IAPMO Oceania. Applying the WaterMark to the product provides evidence that the product is:
All applicants must submit a marking proposal to IAPMO Oceania showing the form and manner in which the certification mark is to be used. Licencing / certifiation cannot take place until the marking proposal has been accepted.
The WELS and WaterMark Certification Schemes both require that registered products meet specific requirements and standards. In many cases, products that meet the WaterMark Certification criteria will also meet the requirements of the WELS Scheme. Although IAMPO Oceania can certify users for WaterMark, registration for the WELS scheme is done separately at the Australian Government’s WELS scheme Website: www.waterrating.gov.au
The following table provides an overview of how the two schemes interact.
|Product type||WELS Scheme applies to:||Standard outlining the relevant products||Star Allocation||Water Saving Information|
Showers intended solely for personal bathing
|AS/NZS 3662:2005 - Performance of showers for bathing||
Shower heads must meet performance criteria, such as the mean spray spread angle and temperature drop, while operating at lower flow rates. The rating is based on the ‘average flow rate’ as follows:
|Installing a water-efficient showerhead may save up to 14,500 litres per household each year.|
|Tap equipment||Any tap or tap outlet for use over a basin, ablution trough, kitchen sink or laundry tub
It does not apply to a tap that is used solely over a bath.
|AS/NZS 3718:2005, Water supply-Tap ware.||
Taps are rated based on the ‘average flow rate’ as follows:
|Low-flow and aerating model taps use as little as 2 litres per minute.
Taps with an aerator or flow restrictor may reduce flow to less than a third of standard taps.
|Flow controllers||Flow controllers that are installed either end of line or in line. They generally support single fixtures or appliances.
Flow controllers cannot be rated if used directly with a shower.
|ATS 5200.037.2-2005-Technical Specification for plumbing and drainage products, Part 037.2: Flow controllers-For use in heated or cold water plumbing systems.||
Flow controllers are rated based on the nominal flow rate and must satisfy basic material and design requirements:
|Toilet (lavatory equipment)||Toilet suites, pans, cisterns, flushing devices and combinations of these products.||AS 1172.1-2005, Water closets (WC), Part 1: Pans
AS 1172.2-1999, Water closet (WC) pans of 6/3 L capacity or proven equivalent, Part 2: Cistern
ATS 5200.021-2004, Technical Specification for plumbing and drainage products, Part 021: Flushing valves for water closets and urinals-For use with break tank supply
ATS 5200.020-2004, Technical Specification for plumbing and drainage products, Part 020: Flushing valves for water closets and urinals-For use with mains supply and
ATS 5200.030-2004, Technical Specification for plumbing and drainage products, Part 030: Solenoid valves.
|Toilets are rated based on discharge flush volume, and a minimum water efficiency standard applies. The average water consumption must not exceed 5.5 litres per flush. The average water consumption of a dual flush cistern is taken to be the average of one full flush and four half flushes. This means dual flush cisterns of 9 litre full flush/4.5 litre half flush are the least efficient products that can be sold.
The star ratings are nominated as follows:
|Replacing a traditional single flush toilet with a water efficient dual flush toilet can save up to 51 litres per person per day.
Using a water efficient dual flush toilet can reduce household water use by up to 30,000 to 40,000 litres per household per year.
Urinal suites, urinals, urinal flushing control mechanisms and combinations of these products.
The WELS Standard does not include waterless urinals.
|AS/NZS 3982:1996, Urinals
ATS 5200.004-2005, Technical Specification for plumbing and drainage products - Urinal flushing cisterns.
|Products are rated based on the flush volume and the type and complexity of the operating mechanism.
Products can be rated as follows:
|The most efficient urinals combined with smart controls can reduce water use by up to 40-50 per cent.|
Electric washing machines intended for household or similar use e.g.
|AS/NZS 2040.2:2005 - Performance of household electrical appliances-Clothes washing machines, Part 2: Energy labelling requirements.||Washing machines are rated based on their water consumption.
Calculations are based on testing to AS 2040.2 using the higher claimed total water consumption for warm or cold washes.
|A water efficient clothes washer may use one-third the water of an older, less efficient model.|
|Dishwashers||Dishwashers||AS/NZS 2007.2:2005 - Performance of household electrical appliances-Dishwashers, Part 2: Energy labelling requirements.||Water efficiency is evaluated under the same testing requirements that are required to establish the energy efficiency.
Dishwashers are differentiated based on water consumption per equivalent types (utilising place settings).
|The most efficient dishwashers may use half the water of average models.|
For more information on the WELS and WaterMark Schemes contact IAPMO Oceania:
|Office Address||17-11 Fullard Road
Narre Warren, Victoria 3805 Australia
|Telephone||(+61) 3 8684 9580|
|Fax||(+61) 3 9572 5199|