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DEMOCRATS MEDIA 05/349 FRIDAY 1 JULY 2005 SENATOR LYN ALLISON AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS LEADER CONSUMERS CAN CHOOSE TO SAVE BUCKET LOADS Nine buckets of water per washing load can be saved thanks to an Australian Democrats water efficiency initiative that comes into effect today. The Democrats scheme means that from today, manufacturers are encouraged to label their domestic appliances and fittings according to water efficiency. The labelling scheme will become mandatory from July 1, 2006. "This initiative will give consumers the opportunity to choose fittings and appliances according to which products save the most water,” Australian Democrats Leader Senator Lyn Allison said. Senator Allison said the difference between washing machines can equate to over 135 litres or nine buckets of water per kilo of washing. The initiative is just one of a range of recommendations made in the Senate Inquiry into Urban Water Use initiated and chaired by Senator Allison. Senator Allison said we can also save significant amounts of water using efficient showers, toilets and dishwashers by setting minimum standards for the majority of household appliances and fittings - the Government has indicated it may come to the party with this by 2007. Under this legislation, new toilets must use less than 5.5 litres of water per flush. Further recommendations by The Senate Inquiry into Urban Water Use can be found at Media contact Katrina McGrath 0408 056 167