Showers are significant consumers of water. About 40% of all water consumed in the home is used in the bathroom. Water shortages and the longer-term security of water supply are serious concerns for Australia. The Australian Government Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme allows consumers to compare the water efficiency of different products using a star rating scheme, helping Australian households to save water and money. By 2021, Australians could save more than one billion dollars through reduced water and energy bills by simply choosing more efficient products.
Showers are essentially a tactile experience for consumers. What may look like a good shower may not be confirmed by use. A new Standards Australia Technical Committee WS-038 Water efficient showers has been formed to review AS/NZS 3662:2005 Performance of showers for bathing. The committee will look at the following factors, among others, which influence the quality of a shower: water flow rates; temperature drop; temperature stability; spray pattern; and comfort and effectiveness. CFA representative Paul Loney has been appointed to the committee.