New Delhi: Appliances and fixtures such as washing machines, showers and taps that involve the consumption of water may be rated on the basis of their water efficiency.

The water resources ministry is considering the establishment of a Bureau of Water Efficiency (BWE) to rate appliances on the basis of the amount of water consumed by them.

Electrical appliances are already rated and awarded stars based on their energy efficiency levels by the the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the power ministry. The water rating will be along the lines of BEE.

“We are considering rating of appliances and fixtures based on water use. Water consumption by appliances and fixtures has been going up," said Debashree Mukherjee, chief executive officer, Delhi Jal Board (DJB), while addressing a water summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Mukherjee said the proposal will be anchored by the water resources ministry.

S.K. Sarkar, secretary, water resources ministry, said the ministry was thinking along such lines. “It will take time to set up such a bureau. We cannot give a deadline for this," he said.

Adi Godrej, president of the Confederation of Indian Industry lobby group said that industrial groups were committed to increasing water efficiency. “Rates for water should be made viable and industry is already reusing a lot of waste water," he said.

Mukherjee also said DJB was partnering with CII to conduct water audits for large users in Delhi.