Proposal For SPPCA Rating For Water Fittings, Shower Taps By 2019

CYBERJAYA, Nov 13 (Bernama) -- Water fittings, shower taps and washing machines are among products required to have the Water Efficiency Labeling Scheme (SPPCA) rating label before being marketed by 2019, if a proposal to this effect is anything to go by.

National Water Services Commission (SPAN) chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Ridhuan Ismail said the proposal would be submitted to the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry and it was one of the initiatives introduced by SPAN since January 2013, in promoting water conservation by using water-efficient products.

He said last year, the domestic water consumption per capita in the country was at 209 litres daily, higher than the national target of 180 litres per day.

"Although the price of water-efficient products is quite expensive, around 20 per cent of the normal products, it provides long-term saving for consumers, up to 50 per cent per month.

"Currently, there are two products, namely the toilet flushing cistern and the urinal flush valves that require the SPPCA rating for new development projects," Mohd Ridhuan told a press conference in conjunction with the SPPCA Awareness Campaign here today.

He said the SPPCA scheme was introduced with the aim of informing consumers on the level of water efficiency of a product based on three-star rating according to the water usage scale with one star (good water-efficient product); two stars (very good water-efficient products) and three stars (excellent water-efficient products), via special label placed on each product.

Currently, he said, the SPPCA scheme had only attracted 15 manufacturers to register their 239 products since it was introduced four years ago, as compared to thousands of products available in the market.

"We also find that not many consumers know about the importance of SPPCA. Hence, the campaign will be held from Nov 17 in the Klang Valley to create awareness among the consumers on the savings that can be done through water-efficient products."

SPAN is a statutory body formed to regulate and oversee the treated water services and sewerage services in Malaysia, except for Sabah and Sarawak.