The State Government has raised the standard for water efficiency ratings on washing machines to be eligible for the highly-successful Waterwise Rebate Program.
Water Resources Minister John Kobelke today announced that from January next year, customers would need to buy 4.5 star or higher water efficiency rated washing machines to qualify for the $150 rebate. For the past two years the rebate has been available for machines rated four star or higher.
“There is no doubt that since the Waterwise rebate program was introduced there has been a dramatic change in the washing machine manufacturing industry,” Mr Kobelke said.
“In the two years since the Government increased the standard to four stars, the number of qualifying machines has increased from a handful to 115.
“It is now time to continue the encouragement of that process by again lifting the standard to ensure new machines become even more water efficient.”
The Minister said he was confident the new criteria would result in a significant increase in the number of 4.5 star machines, or better, being produced by manufacturers, resulting in even greater permanent water savings.
“The manufacturers and suppliers have strongly supported the program through the last few years and I am confident they will respond again when the bar is lifted,” he said.
Mr Kobelke said there were currently 14 machines rated at 4.5 stars or better.
“I fully expect this number to increase significantly as manufacturers modify their production runs to build even more water efficient washing machines to ensure they are eligible for a rebate,” he said.
Since the introduction of the Waterwise Rebate Program in early 2003, $28million has been returned to householders who have purchased qualifying water efficient washing machines. This equates to 21 billion litres of water saved over the life of the machines.
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