Water Compliance – Passing On Water Costs.

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Is your property Water Efficient? If your investment property is not this may be something worth considering if you are looking at renting out your property for the long term. You can save on water consumption charges passing on full consumption to the tenant. Below are some facts on Water charging. Please contact your property manager if you would like to get your property Water Efficient.
Lessors (landlords) are allowed to pass on the full water consumption costs to tenants provided all the minimum criteria have been met.
What are the minimum criteria for water charging?
Lessors are able to pass on the full water consumption costs to tenants if:
the rental premises are individually metered (or water is delivered by vehicle), and
the rental premises are water efficient, and
the tenancy agreement states the tenant must pay for water consumption.

What is a water efficient rental premises?
A rental premises is considered water efficient if certain water fixtures meet the standards listed in the table below.

Water efficient devices – Minimum water efficient standard required
Internal cold water taps and single mixer taps (excluding bathtub taps and taps for appliances) – A maximum flow rate of nine litres per minute.
Showerheads – A maximum flow rate of nine litres per minute.
Toilets – A dual flush function not exceeding six point five (6.5) litres on full flush and three point five (3.5) litres on half flush and a maximum average flush volume of four litres (based on the average of one full flush and four half flushes).

The requirement for taps applies only to internal cold water taps that are installed over a hand basin, kitchen sink or laundry trough (including single mixer taps). The requirement does not apply to other taps in the premises such as bath tub taps, outside taps for the garden, or taps which supply washing machines or dishwashers. These taps are not required to be water efficient.

Lessors/agents should be able to demonstrate the presence of water efficient devices where it may be unclear, such as by providing copies of: plumbing reports, receipts, packaging, warranties or instruction manuals for taps and showerheads, etc.

For any water fixtures produced from 2005 onwards, the easiest way to check if they meet the required efficiency standard is to look for products with a WELS rating of three stars or higher. WELS is Australia’s water efficiency labelling scheme which rates fixtures including taps, showerheads and toilets according to water efficiency – the more stars the better.

The requirement for taps applies only to internal cold water taps that are installed over a hand basin, kitchen sink or laundry trough (including single mixer taps). The requirement does not apply to other taps in the premises such as bath tub taps, outside taps for the garden, or taps which supply washing machines or dishwashers. These taps are not required to be water efficient.

Lessors/agents should be able to demonstrate the presence of water efficient devices where it may be unclear, such as by providing copies of: plumbing reports, receipts, packaging, warranties or instruction manuals for taps and showerheads, etc.

For any water fixtures produced from 2005 onwards, the easiest way to check if they meet the required efficiency standard is to look for products with a WELS rating of three stars or higher. WELS is Australia’s water efficiency labelling scheme which rates fixtures including taps, showerheads and toilets according to water efficiency – the more stars the better.

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